The 12 Projects of Christmas 2020

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The 12 Projects of Christmas 2020

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That's right Todd and I have put our elf hats on and have been working hard in the Vectric Grotto Labs designing, machining, assembling & finishing 12 FREE projects as a special Christmas treat from all of us here at Vectric for our loyal customers!

All the projects are based around Christmas gifts or decor where we will be launching a new project each and every day running from the 1st-12th December! So...

On the first day of Christmas Vectric made for me… a slot together reindeer!

After all of the excitement of the 2020 User Group Meeting I thought it would only make sense to create a slot together reindeer to add to the Vectric Zoo! This project is ready for you to simply adjust the slot widths to the material thickness that you are using, add your fillets and then you’re good to run the toolpaths! Better yet this one is super quick to machine too!

You can download the project file here: https://www.vectric.com/vectric-communi ... erReindeer

The video can be found here:


In the video I give you a quick run through of the parts you need to alter to work for you and your material, but if you would like to learn more about how to create slot together animals then please take a look at this in depth video:

this explains all the ins and outs of how to create a project like this!

The file is set up to use with sheet material, but the total machine dimensions when all the parts are laid out for toolpath creation is 21.5” x 48” – all you need to do is adjust the slot widths on the “Actual Slot Sizes” layer to that of the material thickness you are using, fillet all the internal corners to the radius of the tool you plan to use and extend the slots out slightly past the outline shape to ensure you’re not left with any cusping at the edge of your slots.

I hope you enjoy making this project, we would love to see your version of this project so please make sure to tag us across our social media channels or upload images of your project here on the Vectric forum!

Happy Making!
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Very cool!
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Thanks Beki, I always look forward to the Christmas projects every year. So many cool ideas.

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Thanks Michael, Thank you Adrian, it's nice to hear you look forward to them! :D
Hope you are both doing well :D
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Whoa, someone’s been busy in Santa’s workshop.
Thanks to both Todd & Beki for the great Christmas ideas

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Someone to keep the Nordic Santa company.... :lol:

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I love these kind of projects. Thank you both for kicking off another season with a great project.
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Thanks so much, and Happy Holidays to all of you! :D
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Thank you and Todd and all the team for your hard work and dedication. I've been looking forward to seeing what your creative minds came up with for the 12 Projects of Christmas. While I may not make them all (yet) I enjoy looking at them and trying my hand as time allows. Merry Christmas to all.

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Thanks for this project! Couldn’t wait to try it.

Made a few mods. Wanted the ears pointier. Thought the antlers needed another point. Really didn’t like that tail, so got a new one!

Thanks for the video as well. Instead of making trial parts for the slots, I cut one, then used a small scrap of the sheet to give it a try on the machine as a feeler gauge. Ended up offsetting by .015” to get a nice snug fit from my original material measurement.

Oh, and one other thing, I don’t have 10.5. Still on 9.5. A few screen shots from 10.5 demo, a little trace work on the iPad, and the smoothing in Aspire and your all set. Might adjust 2 slots. Also might splay the antlers a touch. Just remember the only real precision thing are the slots Get them right and the other shapes will work. Also went with the dog bone instead of a T-bone.

Cut this about half scale from a 12”x24” piece of 1/4” ply. Will paint tomorrow.

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That smaller version really came out nice, Bill!
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mtylerfl wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:55 pm
That smaller version really came out nice, Bill!
Thanks Michael. It’s about 14” tall.
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BillK wrote:
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mtylerfl wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:55 pm
That smaller version really came out nice, Bill!
Thanks Michael. It’s about 14” tall.
Perfect for tabletop or shelf or mantle decor!...and more!
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Thank you all for your kind comments :D It's actually been quite refreshing for Todd and I to get back in the labs and physically make projects as we've spent most the year working from home due to the current situation.
BillK I love your Reindeer the tail is just too cute!! Great work on tracing up the design from the video too! I'm totally with you on your choice to use dog bone fillets, they look a lot nicer and make the slots less visible, I ended up using T-Bones because my cutter diameter was very close to the material thickness and so I couldn't make room for the dog bones. I think next time, I will look at using thicker material!
You have done a great job and I can't wait to see it finished! Thanks for sharing this, Merry Christmas!
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Thank you!

So a little more sanding to de-fuzz and I went with a gloss white for the body, and a metallic gold for the antler. Finish it off with a bit of red ribbon.
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