Oct 26 2015

Art and CNC

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CNC Routers & Art

            When most people think about projects that can be done on a CNC router they think about heavy duty woodworking. But these machines are not just limited to hobbyists who enjoy projects that are big and industrial. They can also be used by individuals who want a different and more unique way of creating art. There are scores of artistically inclined projects that can be done with a CNC router and this article will name a few that can get you started on be a CNC router artisan. Continue reading


Oct 19 2015

What is a CNC Lithophane and how is it made?

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What is a CNC Lithophane and how is it made?

            A lithophane is a 3D image that looks plain and dull in normal lighting. When light is applied to the back of a lithophane the engraved image becomes visible. These 3D images have a greater amount of detail and depth than what can be seen in a regular 2D image. The word lithophane is a Greek term that comes from combining lithos (“stone” or “rock”) and phainein (“to cause to appear”) and means “light in stone”. Continue reading


Oct 12 2015

Soundproofing your CNC Machine

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Soundproofing your CNC Machine

            CNC machines have many attributes but “quiet” is not one of them. For many hobbyists this is not a concern because your machine will be in a garage or work shed away from your family and neighbors. Some people have the benefit of living far enough from their neighbors that they do not ever have to worry about noise complaints. But for people who do not have an ideal set up it can be rough to work with a CNC machine. What do you do if you discover that one of these machines is your passion but you live in an apartment? The answer sounds very simple; you build a box. Specifically, you build a soundproof enclosure.

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Oct 7 2015

Review of the Badog Artisan 22 swiss made router

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Badog Swiss Artisan 22

            The Badog Swiss Artisan 22 is made by the company Badog CNC, a small Swiss CNC company founded in 2007. Badog CNC may not be the oldest or largest CNC machine company out there but they certainly get the job done. Their starting goal was to make a lightweight, locally produced machine that could get heavy-duty jobs done without killing customer’s wallets.

Review of the Badog Artisan 22 swiss made router

Review of the Badog Artisan 22 swiss made router

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Oct 6 2015

Making automotive gaskets with milling hobby router

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CNC Gasket Cutting Making automotive gaskets

            Trying to replace a gasket can be a real pain. Oftentimes you will find yourself hard pressed to find a gasket that fits just right and you can drive yourself up a wall trying to do so. Luckily for machinists, making your own custom gasket that fits just right is something that is not too difficult to do. It is not the easiest project you can undertake but it is certainly better than trying to hunt around for a gasket, hoping that you will stumble across one that actually works (and even if you do, it probably will not work as well as a custom one designed to be the exactly correct size and shape). There are a few different ways you can go about making your own gasket depending on what type of CNC machine(s) you have access to.

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