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Making Ceramic Tiles with Machined Textures

Making Ceramic Tiles with Machined Textures

Jimmy DiResta wanted to see if he could make ceramic tiles while incorporating CNC tech. He started by using a desktop milling machine to cut designs into Corian, then used those to create plaster casts for the clay. He used an Evenheat kiln to fire the tiles. The voiceover provides a great glimpse into his learning process.

Raven CNC Carving Machine

Raven CNC Carving Machine

CarveWright’s tabletop CNC machine lets makers cut large-scale pieces with precision. It can work with wood, foam, or plastic up to 15.5 in. wide x 12 ft. long x 5.5 in. thick, with a cutting depth up to 2.125 in. A belt-drive moves materials through its cutting area. It comes with easy-to-use Designer software for creating projects.

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Machined Metal Disco Ball

Machined Metal Disco Ball

An ordinary disco ball is made from hollow cardboard or plastic covered with a bunch of tiny mirrored tiles. But this unique disco ball from the Titans of CNC Machining is made entirely from a single block of aluminum. After milling the sphere, they used a unique burnishing tool to create its shiny facets.

Making a Giant LEGO Gear Coffee Table

Making a Giant LEGO Gear Coffee Table

Woodworker Frank Howarth was wanted to turn a slice of a fir tree into something different than a typical coffee table. So he set out to create a giant version of a LEGO gear. After patching a crack in the wood with bacon-shaped ties, he encountered a frustrating obstacle while cutting the pattern but persevered.

Machining a 10-Ton Gear

Machining a 10-Ton Gear

The guys from the Beyond the Press channel take a moment away from destroying stuff to show us how something is made. Starting out with a 10-ton steel wheel, Finland’s ATA Gears used their DMG MORI CNC milling machine to gradually whittle its way around its edge to create the grooves in a massive gear.

Making Parametric Wall Art

Making Parametric Wall Art

Last Leg Woodworks shows us how they made this cool piece of modern wall art using Inventables’ X-Carve Pro CNC machine and their free Easel software. The piece was carved out of 77 slices of baltic birch plywood, then hand-assembled using mortise and tenon joints.

Karas Bolt V2 Pen

Karas Bolt V2 Pen
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Karas Pen Co.’s machined metal pen features a pushbutton bolt-action mechanism, fine-tuned for smooth operation. It comes in a number of colorful anodized aluminum finishes, along with brass, bronze, and copper options. Pilot G2 and Schmidt Easyflow 9000 refill compatibility provide versatility.

Nested Circle Clock

Nested Circle Clock

Thanks to his Swiss heritage, Alexandre Chappel felt obligated to build a timepiece of some sort. So he set about making a unique tabletop clock that tells time on a series of nested circles. He used a CNC machine to cut all of the wooden gears. He should probably add a pointer, so you know where to look for the time.

Waterjet Glass Spiral

Waterjet Glass Spiral

With enough power to cut through glass or even metal, industrial waterjets can be incredibly impressive. In this video from WARDJet, they show how one of their computer-controlled machines can slice a spiral so precisely in a sheet of glass that the glass can be stretched out into a dome after cutting.

NES Controller Valet Tray

NES Controller Valet Tray
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Reimagined Wood Shop has the perfect gift for the video game fan that has everything. This substantial 12″ x 5″ valet tray holds your coins, wallet, phone, keys, and more, all while looking like the classic Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Each one is CNC-carved from a block of solid lumber and comes in a variety of woods.

Optic Portable Laser Cutter

Optic Portable Laser Cutter

Laser cutters are useful tools to have in a workshop, but they take up a lot of space. Rendyr’s Optic Laser Cutter folds up small when not in use, and its detachable cutting mat means you can cut on top of objects like tabletops for a virtually limitless work area. It has dual laser diodes totaling 15-watts and a built-in filtration system.

Micro-machining a Mountain

Micro-machining a Mountain

As impressive as large-scale milling machines can be, compact machines that can create intricate parts are equally fascinating to us. In this clip, Bantam Tools shows off their Desktop PCB Milling Machine as it carves a miniature topographic map of Washington’s Mount Rainier out of a cube of aluminum.

Lunar Topography Ceiling Light

Lunar Topography Ceiling Light

Maker Frank Howarth wanted to make a unique ceiling light to install over his dining table. After playing around with a simpler design, he decided to go with a three-panel design comprising CNC-cut wood slices based on the topography of the lunar surface. They also look like a Joy Division album cover.

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Corian Bass Guitar

Corian Bass Guitar

Corian is a durable polymer typically used for sinks and kitchen countertops. But in the hands of maker Tim Sway, it’s the body for an electric bass guitar. He used his Avid CNC router to carve both the neck and body out of some reclaimed pieces. Given the material’s stone-like qualities, he went with an ancient Greek motif.

xTool M1 Laser + Blade Cutter

xTool M1 Laser + Blade Cutter

The xTool M1 combines a cutting machine and laser engraver into a single desktop device. Its dual head lets it cut a wider variety of materials than either device alone. It’s available with 5W or 10W lasers, and the higher-power model can cut 8mm thick wood in a single pass. Its 11.8″ x 15.1″ work area is impressive for its size.

Making a 400-Pound Steel Door

Making a 400-Pound Steel Door

If you want to keep people from breaking into your workshop, a big steel door can certainly be a deterrent. Builder Paul Pinto shows off the impressive 400-pound door that he built for his shop with the help of a CNC plasma cutting table. Those rivet heads and wheel mechanism make it look even more impenetrable.

ArcDroid CNC Plasma Cutter Robot

ArcDroid CNC Plasma Cutter Robot

CNC plasma cutters are big and expensive, but this tabletop robot lets anyone add a computer-controlled metal cutter to their workshop. While it can be used with CAD software, it requires no external computer for operation. Its arm can also be used to trace cutting templates. It can cut an area up to 26” x 15”. Plasma torch not included.

Impossible Dovetail Cutting Board

Impossible Dovetail Cutting Board

A dovetail joint that locks on four sides seems physically impossible. But craftspeople have figured out a way to build these perplexing objects with some tricky diagonal cuts. Fix This Build That used his X-Carve CNC machine to create a cutting board with the technique, and the resulting piece looks really awesome.

Cerakoted Aluminum Pen Holders

Cerakoted Aluminum Pen Holders
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GT Scientific CNC machines pen holders from aluminum and applies Cerakote thin-film ceramic coating to give them color and a protective outer layer. Each of its four openings has a Delrin liner to protect writing instruments. They offer a special deal on imperfect ones if you want to save a few bucks.

CNC Engraving a Coin

CNC Engraving a Coin

YouTuber Phuc Nguyen shared this hypnotic video of an intricate image being engraved out of a thick disc of brass. He used a Woodpecker DP1212 CNC router, and a variety of different tooling bits to gradually increase the detail of the design.

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Making a Star Wars Cutting Board

Making a Star Wars Cutting Board

We’ve watched Broinwood create some pretty amazing cutting boards before. This Star Wars-themed butcher block really brings out the geek in us. We love watching the ballet of man and machine as the scene comes together with X-wing fighters taking on the Death Star as Darth Vader looms large.

SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router Machine

SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router Machine
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This compact machine offers a great and inexpensive entry point to computer-controlled fabrication. It can be set up in less than 30 minutes and can mill various materials like foam, wood, plastics, and metals. Its working area measures 300mm x 180mm and can work on objects up to 45mm thick.

Wainlux L3 Desktop Laser Cutter + Engraver

Wainlux L3 Desktop Laser Cutter + Engraver

This compact desktop laser can cut wood, acrylic, leather, and other textiles, and the 10-watt model can engrave just about anything, including glass and aluminum, and cut through 5mm wood in a single pass. Its bed is large enough for objects up to 8.26″ x 7.48″, and an optional roller allows for engraving cylindrical objects.

Laser Fabricates a Drone

Laser Fabricates a Drone

Engineers from MIT CSAIL have developed LaserFactory, an innovative fabrication machine that uses a modified laser cutter to create entire devices. It can cut parts, pour silver circuit traces, and place electronic components all in one system. In this video, it makes a drone, which flies straight out of the machine.

Drilling Hundreds of Holes

Drilling Hundreds of Holes

To prove how fast and durable the Kennametal HPR drill bit is, the guys from Titans of CNC: Academy programmed one of their machines to drill a perfect grid of 672 holes in a block of cast iron. The tool moves at an impressive 103 inches-per-minute, drilling 1.85″ deep holes over and over again without wearing down.

Milling a Metal Gear

Milling a Metal Gear

Machine shop DataPro shares hypnotic footage of a Datron CNC milling machine, as it takes a disc of aluminum and transforms it into a precise and smoothly formed gear. It was shot as a time-lapse, but won’t it be awesome when machines can do this in real time?

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