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CNC-- range of use (and artistry)

4/2/15       
Mel

I breifly contracted for shop work for this guy
http://www.featureworx.com/wp/our-gallery/

A former graphic designer that bought himself a CNC and sells some very, very cool projects--from custom commercial to public art.

I'm also seeing a CNC make bread-and-butter, straight forward, cabinet shop gables all day--also totally legit and great CNC use.

Big range of use from my eyes, nice to see.

Wondering what people here use their CNCs for? What are some of your more elaborate projects?

4/2/15       #2: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
james mcgrew

Website: http://mcgrewwoodwork.com

I have a section on carvings and panels on my website,

this thingy majigity has been good for me !


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4/2/15       #3: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
Jim Member

I make personalized puzzle stools and other personalized puzzled items. Yep, I said puzzles.

Pics below are some of what I produce. I create several other products that are all personalized. In fact, we do them not just in English but also Hebrew, German, Italian and Polish. We have shipped to every continent except Antarctica. Just this year so far, we have shipped product to Italy, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, Columbia, Canada, Germany and England.

Also do some non personalized puzzles like ABC, Numbers, USA and other map puzzles.

You can see them all at my website: HollowWoodworks.com


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4/4/15       #4: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
Mel

Nice! I love it when art and technology intersect.

Wondering--can a CNC full-on do the work of a wood carver/sculpter? I don't yet have a grasp of CNC limitations--I'm guessing you folks would have a better idea.

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james mcgrew Member

Kinda sorta !


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4/6/15       #6: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
Mel

Very, very cool :)

So trying to wrap my head around this--the question of getting into nooks and crannys for art with CNC.

To make the question simpler a bit--could you make, say the attached pic with cnc?

Correct me if I am wrong, but my current reasoning is that tight angle access is dependant on the number of axis on the machine?

I've heard of sculpters using a 3 axis for a base structure and finishing off the detailing with hand tools.

Wondering if you had access to a machine with more axis how much hand work you could eliminate. And how much is this available even?

No idea--just really curious :)


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4/6/15       #7: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
james mcgrew Member

Website: http://mcgrewwoodwork.com

I really like your interest, we need major interest renewal in woodworking as a trade and any thing at any level that sparks that is a good thing, I took a major step towards technology after spending a good 20 years in traditional methods. for me it saved my business.

there are lots of creative ways to do most anything with a cnc, the chess players I showed above are done by having a scan, creating a file model then slicing or dissecting parts, once machined these are then attached and some handiwork finishes the
"Hand carved look" the atlas is a project I am working on for a large house (no I do not do residential) that I have been working on for 8 years. they are recreated from photos we got in Europe. I use scanning services like "Ibild" and model creators like Mike Mezalik "Carved details" My foray is production. I hope Mike will chime in here soon. we hold a "Camp every year for 150 cabinetmakers and CNC'ers to present this work.. this years spring Camp sold out in December


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4/6/15       #8: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
Michael Mezalick

Website: http://www.carveddetails.com

Mel,
Many of the European wood carving studios that I deal will do exactly the process you describe. Mostly CNC work and finished off by hand. Having more axis's will also mean more programming,,,and each item will look the same,,,,,hand finishing adds the personal touch...Camps , such as Jim's, opens the doors for many, too see how creative someone can be with their CNC

4/7/15       #9: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
Mel

Thanks for endulging the curious :)

So what's this camp exactly? Any online tracking/website of sorts that I can snoop around in? I do like snooping.

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james mcgrew Member

take a look at the Vectric website, look for the Gallerys as well, they have a doggone good forum with a work produced section

Aspire Camp

4/11/15       #11: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
Mel

Woah... I'm sold. New thread coming.

4/12/15       #12: CNC-- range of use (and artistry) ...
Brent EuDaly

Website: http://elasticprecision.com

I use a small CNC router to manufacture semi-automatic wooden rubber band guns.


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