Thread: My first sign
Finally got round to doing my first sign. Its a freebie for a friend of mine.
Cut from 12mm Alu with a 6mm single flute carbide bit at 1mm DOC around 1150mm/min feed. It took 3hours 15 minutes to complete.
I recon I could have done it quicker if I had not used V carve pro to make it. It seemed to spend alot of time going over the same path or doing a little cut in one place rasing the z axis then coming back down in the same place to finish the cut. But never mind it got there in the end.
I need to finish cleaning it up then decide what colour I am going to paint the pocket in so that it brings out the letters, polish it up and its done.
I like it ! how long did it take to cut ? I have the same problem with art cam or it might be NCStudio that it does silly little flicks back and forth to make a very slow plunge and not really do anything ..
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About 3 hours 15 minutes to complete it. Its pocketed down to 5mm deep.
1150mm/min is a bit quick for a 6mm single flute carbide cutter. What spindle speed were you using? I almost invariably use about 600-650mm/min and 13000rpm, so I'm slightly surprised that didn't cause problems. It may be more efficient to use a greater depth of cut at the 'normal' feedrate.
It annoys me how inefficient the toolpaths are on many programs... pointless things like raising the Z-axis when it's just not necessary, or moving slowly down to the surface when it could go at rapid speed.
Spindle speed was 12000rpm. I did have the feed set to 700mm/min but when I started to run it on the machine the estimated time to completion was 6 1/2 hours so seeing as I had intended to paint the pocket anyway I upped the feed rate on the machine and gave it plenty lub. It cut very well apart from the wasted time on the tool path.
how do u clean this up from here then? just rub it for ages with a metal polish compound?
After finishing the de-burring I am going to try a scotchbrite brush that I have for a stick grinder and give it a good polish. If that works out ok then its paint time.
Wow, that's real nice. I remember when i did my first sign.. I showed it toeverybody LOL Keep up the good work..
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Looking good, bit of wet and dry now to remove the tool marks ?
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