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Intermediate Tiki Mask

Rating:
5/5,
  • Machine Type:
    OpenBuilds LEAD Machine
    Software:
    MeshCAM, Universal GCode Sender
    Electronics:
    OpenBuilds BlackBox
    Machine Time:
    about 8 hours
    Bit or Laser Size:
    1/4" flat end mill for roughing, 1/8th ball nose mill for finish passes
    Feeds & Speeds:
    Roughing at 2000mm/min, 40% stepover and 3mm per pass stepdown, finish speeds at half that speed, 40% stepover.
    Materials:
    Cheap 2x12 pine I had laying around
    20191130_083842_resized.jpg View attachment 43499 20191130_110149_resized.jpg 20191130_115000_resized.jpg 20191201_074617_resized.jpg 20191201_091347_resized.jpg 20191201_163702_resized.jpg 20191201_171436_resized.jpg 20191201_214256_resized.jpg Screenshot_20191201-184956_Chrome.jpg My son had a project to make a mask for school, so naturally I had to try and go all out and beat the other dads. That's what we do isn't it?

    Downloaded this Tiki mask model from TurboSquid. Cost me $9-10 I think for the file, couldn't find a great one free online.

    Used MeshCAM, two-sided milling (loving MeshCAM!). Used Universal GCode Sender for running the code to my Lead 1010. GCode was in 8 toolpaths, one roughing pass each side, 3 finish passes each side. I only let it run the full set on the front of the mask, and ran roughing only on the back. The back is just concaved - was running out of time.

    Mask was simple 2x12 pine that I ran through the planer, got down to about 36mm thick I think. The mask was too tall in the Z axis when laying flat so I scaled Z only down a bit to get it to about 33mm thick, so my mask is a little flatter than the 3d model.

    My son did all the finishing and painting. Finished the mask with Minwax "Special Walnut" stain, then paint on eyes and teeth, then poly on top. The teacher better give me, er, him a good grade!
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  1. sharmstr
    Awesome!
    1. RoosterTX
      Thank you!
      RoosterTX, Dec 3, 2019 at 10:03 PM
  2. Mark Carew
    MeshCAM I used to use it but forgot about it. Glad to see its still alive and doing well. I will have to take another look. Great project @RoosterTX thank you for the share
    1. RoosterTX
      I was using Fusion360 but I found that the complexity of it made me work way too hard for casual projects. I still have it and it's an amazing tool, but usually I just want to import a model, adjust some basics and get to cutting. MeshCAM is a pretty good balance of features and simplicity, I think. If I had more time to dedicate to it I would probably use more Fusion.
      RoosterTX, Dec 3, 2019 at 10:04 PM
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