Apr 29 2016

Wooden world map NASA sculpture creation with CNC

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Wooden world map NASA sculpture creation

45 years ago, on the very first Earth Day millions of humans decided to stand up for their planet. They joined force against pollution, deforestation, pesticides and oil spills … issues that continue to resonate with us today. Since we all have to care about this planet that we are living in, I wanted to make a wooden world map and do something to raise awareness and to show that we are all responsible whether is in your city, in your neighborhood or in your own life to protect our beloved earth from any kind of harm.

So for this occasion I wanted contribute with something I’m good at, and what I’m good at is creating something from pieces of materials with CNC machining.
My ide a was to engraving a 2.5D world map on a piece of wood, but this is not that impressive right? You are probably saying this has been done a million times and is not that original of an idea. But to that i say to you: What if the world map is a high resolution detailed height map from the Blue marble NASA project map? That would be awesome. In order to make my projet more realistic i thought that i would go to the NASA website and check out what height maps they had for the earth. In eessence, use NASA records to sculpt the earth correctly and with realistic details. For who doesn’t know what it is, this is a small definition:
NASA’s “Blue Marble” pictures of Earth show each month of the year 2004 to illustrate changes in snow cover and vegetation. This is a link to it

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So after stitching the huge heightmaps files together and raising the waterline so that the continents were more visible, I got everything mechanical ready and I started working on it. I was using my Badog CNC so normally there is no hard setup or work to do for the piece because the table work area is small but this time it was different with a huge work surface and no real way to tie down the piece. The first attempt was great until about 16 hours of hard work machining when I ripped through the center of my piece. Iguess the depth was a little too deep and the wood strterted to bend upwards until my tool ripped through. this is happened:


I was alomost in tears, i thought, “I’m not going to make it to 22 April, the wood warped and I ripped through, I went too deep and ruined it!”. The good news was that my machine didn’t touch the table, smoke the motors and burn down the whole garage. I gathered myself and redid it. Broken wooden world map.
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Today, after 22 hours’ of machine work with a rental Badog Artisan CNC, (thanks to my friend André who let me use everything from his awesome kit to his garage to his cold beers) . In the end it had taken me 3 weeks to finish completely the NASA wooden world map. firstly i had to  transform the image into a complete heightmap, then translate the image into machine code with BMP2CNC software, choose and start to mill the wood. I had used 2 tools: one for rough and one for fininishing. The rough tool that i had chosen was a 10mm flat whereas the fine tool that i had chosen was a 3mm tapered ball mill. The rough passes only took about 6 hours and the fine work took a whopping 16 hours. but i was pushing into the wood with a 4.5kw Badog head so i saves some time. This is the best work I’ve ever done. I thought I share it with you although I didn’t make it to the deadline.

world map nasa sculpture 3

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world map nasa sculpture 2


This project should have been posted on Friday, 22 April but I couldn’t post it then, I didn’t want to cancel the project to the next year, because earth day should be everyday.

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Jul 11 2015

How to cut wooden gears with your cnc

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Wooden gear making for wooden gears

Some hobbyists like challenging and unusual projects and routing a wooden gear definitely falls into those categories. Traditionally gears are made out of metal and for some projects it is necessary to stick to that (i.e. watches). However, it is completely possible to make gears out of wood that function just as well as their metal counterparts. This article will introduce you to some options that you have for making gears from wood with your CNC router.

Watch with wood gears made with a badog cnc machine for a wooden watch company

Watch with wooden gears made with a badog cnc machine for a wooden watch company wood gears

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Jun 10 2015

weekend Projects and CNC hobby mill ideas

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weekend Projects and CNC hobby mill ideas

CNC Router CNC Weekend Projects

            Sometimes all a hobbyist wants to do is spend the weekend alone with their badog CNC router. For some people the weekend is the only time you have to work with your machine. While big long-term projects are fun it can be just as rewarding to do something small that you can wrap up before you have to get back to your work life on Monday. When I say small I do literally mean small since one weekend is not enough time to make anything larger than a project you could easily carry around in your hands.

weekend projects for CnC

weekend projects for CnC

 

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Mar 17 2014

Wood jigsaw puzzle bi-plane 3d

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Wood jigsaw puzzle bi-plane 3d

biplane from Wood jigsaw puzzle website

biplane from Wood jigsaw puzzle website

The bi-plane 3d Wood jigsaw puzzle

 

Well this is the first post of many and i plan to post a new model every week or so with a free dxf wood plan for the project in our free downloads section. The bi-plane wood jigsaw puzzle is the first model that i am showing and to be honest i just found it in one of my drawers and thought that if i had to start somewhere, this would give me the motivation to do it!

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