A 3D carved Dragon Frame I did recently on the Lead 1010 machine. The model was picked up on Etsy found here: 3d STL Model for CNC Router Engraver Carving Machine Relief Artcam Aspire "gorgeous picture frame" I know this file can be found for free in some forums on the web, but Please try to support the model creators if you can.
- Machine Type:
- CNC Router
- Vectric Cut3D, Vectric V-Carve, bCNC
- Machine Time:
- 9-10 hours
- Bit or Laser Size:
- 1/4" End Mill. 1/8" ball nose End Mill, 1/8" straight End Mill
- Feeds & Speeds:
- 80 IPM roughing pass, 80 IPM finish pass, 50 IPM cutout pass.
- Walnut wood, Formby's Tung oil finish.
I am not going to go into details on this project, as I have already done so on my other projects posted here. The same methods apply to this carving. Check them out if you need help with model/ toolpath setup.
Here is my canvas laid out, ready to be transformed into art.
Using a 1/4" downcut end mill bit, I begin the roughing pass.
Once that completes, I swap out bits to my 1/8" ballnose end mill, reset my Z zero and run the finish pass.
Swap out bits again after the finish pass to an 1/8" straight cut end mill for the cutout/ profile tool path. Remember to set your Z after any bit change!!
I then added a coat of Formby's Tung Oil Finish.
I would like to add a mirror, or at least some kind of reflective backing to it, someday............
(NOTE) I really should have ran a 2mm tapered ball end on this. It would have left a ton more detail in the finish pass, but would also add multiple hours to the project.
Hope you all like this project.