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The most noobest of noobs

Postby justynazab » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:40 pm

Hi Everyone!

I'm very excited to finally get a CNC! But first, some research!

My question is: Will a shapeoko XXL do what I need it to do?

A little about my work: I am a scroll saw artist with a business.
I have been gradually getting much busier and I now need a way to increase my production (a laser seems to daunting and $ for me right now)
I attached a photos of a pretty detail piece. Can a shapeoko, with the correct bit, be able to cut this detail with precision?
I use 1/2" baltic birch ply.
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Re: The most noobest of noobs

Postby WillAdams » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:01 pm

Yes, a Shapeoko would be able to do that, within the limitations of:

- workholding --- you'll need to secure the material --- see:
- endmill diameter --- you can only cut so small an interior detail --- see: but note that you can use a V carving to add detail at the top, alternately you could rework the design to take advantage of the V endmill, or finish inside corners by hand using a scroll saw or file --- see: ... carve/7101 for one discussion of the techniques for using a V endmill

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