I decided to post the aluminum plaque since it will be a bit different in the end compared to my previous ones. It is machine from 1/2" 7075 T6.. V Carving was done with a onsrud 1/4" X 60 deg and a Hersaf 90 deg. Machined on a Fadal 4020 with 30 position tool changer and flood coolant. In the end it will be inlaid 50% into a piece of Walnut with the same outside shape. It will leave apprx 1-1/2" frame around the aluminum. 4 challenge coins will be inlaid into the round pockets. I would generally use Aspire's awesome inlay toolpath, but I gave the vector offset method they discussed during the user group a shot.. yup I remember.....OUT-IN---IN-OUT.. Works great and allowed the chamfer to follow the radius vs the inlay toolpath. Stay tuned, I will post some pics after I glass media blast and regrain the surface prior to painting.
Thanks Mike. As im sure you know now.. its fun to get away from the industrial side when you can and make something more creative. I enjoy the aircraft(Air Force) and tooling side of things but you get to have a little fun with projects like this. I dont get too much time to do things like this but I enjoy it when I can.