newbie looking for hints tips and info on cutter types

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samuelbrown85
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newbie looking for hints tips and info on cutter types

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Hi everyone,

My name is Sam and have recently purchased a Signstech CNC and V Carve Pro (2 days ago)

I have 15plus years experience working in joinery shops producing various products from kitchens to doors and windows etc.

Anyway I decide to buy a CNC and put it in my garage and have a go!

I understand now that there is some much to think about when machining/drawing. Feel like I have bitten off more then I can chew, but looking forward to jumping in!

So my intentions are to be cutting ply, mdf and melamine coated products.

In my history of woodworking we only ever used Carbine tipped or solid Carbine cutters in our hand held routers and trimmers. around $40-$80 aus
I see you can buy these cutter with replacement cutting blade around $6-15 (great)
And then there is PCD (diamond tipped tools) which are $800 to $1000

Can anyone give me any feedback as to if the PCD cutter are worth the crazy price? do they stay sharp?

Also in regards to straight cutting bits. Is there a advantage to using spiral cutters in comparison to say single or double fluted cutters.

Also it there anything I need to watch for or any advice to help me through the early teething stage?

thanks everyone for your time and feedback.

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Advice:

Watch the Vectric tutorial videos. Best if you have two monitors for your computer, one for the tutorial, and one for you to copy what the tutorial is doing in VCarve.

Help, Help Contents in VCarve Pro has a lot of useful information. Keyboard shortcuts are on the last pages.

Have fun.
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With V9 onwards there is now a separate link on the Help menu which goes right to the keyboard shortcuts page.

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Re: newbie looking for hints tips and info on cutter types

Post by Rcnewcomb »

Also in regards to straight cutting bits. Is there a advantage to using spiral cutters in comparison to say single or double fluted cutters.
This thread may help: The basics of bits and spindle speeds
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samuelbrown85
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Re: newbie looking for hints tips and info on cutter types

Post by samuelbrown85 »

Thanks everyone for the quick response and helpful links.

I'm already having fun playing with pocket cuts, onion skin cuts. and even navigating the forum better!

This week I plan on testing a spoil board (18mdf) surface milling 1.5mm of each side and then through cutting the work piece using tabs.
wish me luck
:D

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