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by Xxray
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 23
Views: 1396

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

I stand corrected, profile cuts can require trial and error as well though - Generally higher feed rates and lower RPM's will result in less friction and cleaner cuts, but ,,,, Depending on the capabilities of the router and machine, might be necessary to dial back feedrate. Really shouldn't be an i...
by Xxray
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 23
Views: 1396

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

0 spindle speed is needed for drag bits, not lower. Result of using powered rotation with a drag bit would likely be a broken tip and ruined project, tips themselves are $20 or so. I don't see how/why feed rate would be an issue, jack it up. Depth has already been covered, if you didn't read what I ...
by Xxray
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Can't afford Aspire, can someone build me a model?
Replies: 16
Views: 891

Re: Can't afford Aspire, can someone build me a model?

They carve good in plexi and corian as well, when I made and sold them plexi was the top seller [need some good buffing equipment to make em ubless you opt for textured]
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by Xxray
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 23
Views: 1396

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

Another thought, if you use a zero plate they won't work with drag bits, so you must visually zero. I always have the preview up on my controller screen and guide the bit to an area that will be etched, to avoid leaving a mark on an area that isn't going to be etched. Using a piece of paper would pr...
by Xxray
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 23
Views: 1396

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

I usually use a depth such as .011 [which would be ridiculous for a conventional bit] then lower the bit on the material until I see it compress and zero it there, never had a bad etch using that method.
by Xxray
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: LArge crucifix
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: LArge crucifix

Open to all ideas, problem is I don't know exactly what I have in mind.
I have found that by reducing the bark height to near nothing gives it a subtle texture without looking like a chunk of firewood.
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by Xxray
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: LArge crucifix
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: LArge crucifix

Success, more or less, some details around the fingers are a bit botched but I don't think it will be very noticeable when cut. Now I'm thinking it looks too wood like, doubt if they would have left bark on the cross, but I like the concept and will play with it further, I do want some kind of textu...
by Xxray
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: LArge crucifix
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: LArge crucifix

Ok I think I figured out what I did wrong, didn't make sense that the clip deleted the scroll along with the bark. Before that I created a vector boundary around the entire model for something else, then I created the separate vector boundary for the scroll. I tried it again without the entire model...
by Xxray
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: LArge crucifix
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: LArge crucifix

True, would be simple to design another cross and attachment of the model would be simple as well. I tried drawing a vector [using draw curve tool] around the scroll then tried to remove the bark using the clear component inside selected vectors tool, really thought that would work but it deleted th...
by Xxray
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: LArge crucifix
Replies: 10
Views: 590

LArge crucifix

Large for me, nearly 24". I don't like making this cut often, alot of material wastage which is why I did it in mdf instead of wood. I sprayed a primer on it and sanded it down a bit, I am not the guy to paint it thats for sure. After doing dozens of this model I finally figured out what I don't lik...
by Xxray
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 23
Views: 1396

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

Endmill is not the typical or ideal tool to use for plexi graphics, there may be some exceptions but not for lettering. Even with large letters, all the ends of the letters [except the O] will likely be clipped, do a preview and see. Also I could foresee excessive tool marks using an endmill, never ...
by Xxray
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Sharpening Ball-nose
Replies: 32
Views: 1064

Re: Sharpening Ball-nose

Quality tools are never cheap, they are consumables so should be replaced by another quality tool when their life cycle is expired.

I personally would not recommend or even touch chinese made bits or tools in general.
by Xxray
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: I'm knot going to take it any more !
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: I'm knot going to take it any more !

I usually love knots, occasionally try to avoid them. Since this is a simple model and I know what its placement will be, I have a pretty good idea where they will end up ,, Knot was showing through both sides so I knew it would be there. But the way I had to cut the plank to avoid too much wastage ...
by Xxray
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: I'm knot going to take it any more !
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: I'm knot going to take it any more !

Yeah looks like a big old puss oozing boil on his cheek, would have been better on the forehead but I am a bit limited on placement.
by Xxray
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: I'm knot going to take it any more !
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: I'm knot going to take it any more !

Here are a couple more I carved from the same plank, they are about 5x7" and take about 2 hours each.

The wood has a sharp bevel on the live side so are difficult to work with, tough to get things centered in rough pieces like this.
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