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We are going to be showing off several accessories that will add to the versatility of your CNC router. Watch for them to be used in the build pages as the build progresses.
So how do you create or replicate a 3D object with your mill or router?
3D probing of course. If you need to take a 3D object and turn it into a digital object you need a 3D probing tool. This tool along with the included 3D software included in Mach3 or from another software vendor.
The software allows you to map out the object by creating a digital mesh and turn it back into a file that you then can cut out. WildHorse Innovations makes a great 3D Probing tool.
Designed using the proven 3 point kinematical support concept, this rugged probe has adjustment screws to maintain accuracy over time. Repair is easy in the event of a
machine crash. The probe is designed so that the low cost, easily replaceable plastic contractor is sacrificed before extensive damage can occur.
Doing more with your CNC router is very
important and gives you more value for your tool.
Donek Tools allows you to do just that with there Dragknife.
The Donek Tools Drag Knife can be used to cut almost
anything you would cut with a utility knife, but with the speed
and precision of a CNC router.
The Donek Drag Knife fits into your CNC router or spindle collet,
making it a universal fit for almost any CNC router available. The
tools were designed to use a utility knife blade (though a specific type)
which dramatically reduces the cost of consumable blades.
Donek Drag Knives are being used in industry and by hobbyists to cut
snowboard and ski base materials, wood veneer for inlay/marquetry artwork,
leather, carbon fiber pre-
automotive components, cardboard for custom packaging, and much more.
Whether you want to perform delicate veneer inlay work or cut out
cardboard boxes with your CNC router, Donek Tools has a tool right for
Tools that fit in 1/2in and 1/4in collets are available.