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Sun Symbol Of Palenque

  • Machine Type:
    OpenBuilds LEAD Machine
    CMS IntelliCAD, Cambam, etc.
    OpenBuilds BlackBox
    My hobby is re-creating Aztec and Mayan Glyphs. I redraw each design in CAD, then output for engraving. The OpenBuilds will be my second cnc router I have built. My first was the ShapeOko, which I scaled up to 1 meter x 1 meter. This was not meeting my needs and luckily OpenBuilds offered the lead screw driven machine. Now in process to complete the LEAD1515 build.

    1st Step - recreating this Mayan Glyph in CAD, then will scale to fit the 6' x 9' section between my garage doors. 2nd Step - editing the design, joining polylines to create a single tool path where applicable. 3rd Step - selecting a material - will need to decide on scaling design to fit within the engraving envelope of the 1515 machine or break up design into sections to re-assemble after engraving.

    01-27-2022 - Finished the re-creating of this design in CAD, spent about 4 months and mucho time in coffee shops to complete this task - now will begin the 2nd step of joining polylines to create the tool paths in CamBam. The OpenBuilds 1515 is 50% complete - waiting for warm days or the arrival of wood stove to heat garage to complete this part of the process. I have attached an image of what I am imagining for the final result. Will update once I ready to select material.

    03-04-2022 - Completed the build on the 1515 and now confirming my CAD/CAM process integrates with OpenBuilds Control - some minor tweaking of the default post processor - all working good. Now working to reduce the number of individual entities in the design - began with approx. 5,000 - now at about 2,500 after joining as many polylines as possible - hope to reduce the number to below 1,500. My choice of material will be engleman spruce, this material is readily available directly from the lumber mill at various widths and thicknesses with reasonable prices. Attached the test of the Mayan Glyph for the star, Venus.
    Sun Symbol.jpg Sun_Symbol_Layout.JPG 20220302_123009 (2).jpg 20220301_170105.jpg

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  1. WilliamK
    Looking forward to how this works. Let us know the path you take to render to the size you need. Excellent drawing.
      Mark Carew likes this.
  2. Mark Carew
    This is going to be a fun project to follow, please keep us updated with pics and thanks for sharing
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