Post by jordandemoss on Jul 25, 2016 22:54:58 GMT -5
I have an AR6, and it has been great. I rent 50 sq/ft in a workshop of a furniture company. I live in a townhouse so I can't have it at home. I'm working with Aspire 8.5 with models from vectorart3d.com and cncmilitaryemblems.com. I primarily do 3D carvings of military insignia. I use 2" thick maple for all of my 3D carvings. The 2" material gives the carvings some amazing depth.
Post by jordandemoss on Jul 25, 2016 22:56:58 GMT -5
This is one of the first engravings I did with 2" maple, it turned out well. It was a long engraving jobs so I had to pause the job and resume the next day. Unfortunately the router had drifted down slightly on its Z axis, which is noticeable on the engraving. Lesson learned, always re-home the machine before resuming work.
Post by jordandemoss on Jul 25, 2016 22:59:15 GMT -5
I thought coasters would be an easy product to make and sell. I came up with this design where the coasters can stack/nest on top of each other, which means I don't have to make a coaster holder/stand. Each one takes about 15 minutes to make on the AR6.
Post by jordandemoss on Jul 25, 2016 23:20:24 GMT -5
1.Some of the carvings I do have profile cuts with very narrow portions that a 1/4" bit isn't able to get in to. I picked up a 1/8" bit collet to use with my machine for those hard to reach areas.
2. Amana makes some good bits the only one I have been disappointed with is the 1/8" endmill, no matter how slow and shallow I go I keep snapping them. Their 1/8" ball nose seems to be a good alternative. Since it doesn't have teeth on the end like an end mill does there isn't as much tension on the bit.
3. I have found the various dremel accessories to be indispensable for cleaning up the finished carving.