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Old April 4th, 2014, 11:26 PM
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CNC Cut Defeneder Engraving

A little while back I wrote a CNC program to cut an image of a Defender. At the time the CNC mills were being rebuilt but I was finally able use one this week to cut out a sample on some scrap plywood. This upcoming week I'm going to cut another one out of some oak and maybe some other materials, acrylic being the first that comes to mind. Would anybody be interested in one? All it would cost would be the cost of the material used and shipping if it needs it. I can cut a wide range of materials and am open to making some tweaks to the design if everyone can agree on something. Some things that we can play with are pockets, surface heights, cut depths and border cuts.

The picture is the test piece I cut. Because it was scrap plywood and had a slight bow to it some of the finer details got messed up but that won't happen with the final versions.
Big thanks to jjstahl3 for letting me use his design
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Old April 5th, 2014, 12:21 AM
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I'd be interested in one, acrylic or aluminium would probably be cool.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 03:26 AM
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aluminum for me
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Old April 7th, 2014, 10:25 PM
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Here's a test piece in clear acrylic. I'm going to try to get some aluminum for Thursday and cut it on that. If anyone wants acrylic, would they want clear,colored transparent or colored opaque?

Additionally how about doing something like this:
The second picture is just from pointing a single cheap laser at it. With a LED strip under it it should work really well. Could even use color changing LEDs too. I'll try to start working on a LED sign design/prototype.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 08:58 PM
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Doing a rough estimate on the cost of all the parts, it looks like I can make the LED lit ones happen for between $30 to $40. That cost would include everything: engraved acrylic, base, dimmable remote controlled color changing LEDs, and the various electronics.

Just waiting on aluminum then I'll cut some on that. I should have a working prototype for the LED sign one by this weekend.
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Looks pretty cool
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Do you think you might ever put this on a t-shirt?
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Doing a rough estimate on the cost of all the parts, it looks like I can make the LED lit ones happen for between $30 to $40. That cost would include everything: engraved acrylic, base, dimmable remote controlled color changing LEDs, and the various electronics.
Sounds great- I'm in

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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:18 PM
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Do you think you might ever put this on a t-shirt?
The design that I based this on was created by jjstahl3 with the idea of using it as sticker. At the same time he was making some shirts too. You should check with him, he does some great stuff. See the thread here: http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=49749
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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:34 PM
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Oh I see and thanks. I'm liking the aluminum. How big are they going to be?
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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:42 PM
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Oh I see and thanks. I'm liking the aluminum. How big are they going to be?
The aluminum stock is .25" think and 6" wide. The engraving itself is 5" wide by 4" high and then there will be some space around it. For the test piece I had it at half an inch but that can be changed easily and the engraving size could be scaled too(within limits)
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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:54 PM
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Just asking cause I'm thinking either back lit sconce or candle holder or ...I could paint inside the grooves and tack weld it somewhere.
So yes I'm in for one of the aluminum
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Old April 8th, 2014, 11:07 PM
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Just asking cause I'm thinking either back lit sconce or candle holder or ...I could paint inside the grooves and tack weld it somewhere.
So yes I'm in for one of the aluminum
If you want some special tweaks made or additional things done to it just let me know, if it's feasible we can work something out.

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Old April 8th, 2014, 11:51 PM
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You mentioned using it for a candle holder, here's a quick idea I modeled up in a few minutes
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Prayer candles for the Rover gods? Great idea!
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Prayer candles for the Rover gods? Great idea!
I think you're on to something.

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You mentioned using it for a candle holder, here's a quick idea I modeled up in a few minutes
That is awesome! I like it

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Prayer candles for the Rover gods? Great idea!
Yes.. I've been crunching numbers and starting a list of things I'm going to need for the re-build and prayer vigil and meditation are going to be necessary ..along with maybe a variant form of rain dance ..
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Old April 12th, 2014, 07:36 PM
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Got the prototype for the LED one done. It looks really good and there's a ton of brightness settings, colors, and transitions. I attached some of the ones that photographed better but they look even better in person. Waiting on a few more electrical components for these but I should have a few finalized ones done by Friday.

Also finally got a hold of some aluminum, those will be cut and ready to be sent out on Tuesday. They'll be $10 + shipping for one cut on 1/4" thick aluminum. Carmen, do you want a plain aluminum one or do want to do something a little more custom?
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Old April 12th, 2014, 07:38 PM
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Here's a video of the color transition
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Omg ..that is neat! I'm getting one of those!! CooOL..I'd like one of the aluminum too please. I'm going to fill in that groove with a colored resin. I like very much and thank you
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