What do you do with your Zenbot?
During the first weeks that I had my Zenbot, I did the usual small jobs, like the spoil board, holding clamps, fixtures and other elementary tasks. Then I began to try some of the projects that I thought the Zenbot would be useful for. Each involved setting the holding details worked out, gathering up any tool bits needed and finally generating the tool paths and procedures needed to execute it.
Of these projects one of the first was engraving an aluminium plant marker that I mentioned in post #12. Eventually, I will be doing a single-line font gravoply/color-core variation, but I am awaiting the arrival of a tool bit for that.
Meanwhile ...I am involved in leather crafts, and I wanted to try using the Zenbot to layout and mark leather parts for the "hand work" that would follow. The experiment was more successful than I had imagined and opens a whole new way to manage my project patterns.
I found that I could quickly design an accurate template with V-Carve Pro. The pattern can be nested to allow several instances to fit on the available leather stock. Then the stock is marked for cutting and hand tooling using a 1/8” 60-degree scoring bit. Light scoring marks allowed me to finish cutting out the shape using a standard utility knife. The scoring also helped me to guide the swivel knife for the tooling detail followed up by using a beveler. The result was a perfect circle on the finished key fob, and an archived pattern to produce others in the future.
I used the standard leather craft method of attaching the leather for stabilization during tooling using rubber cement. In this case I attached it to a 1/8” sheet of MDF. After the scoring operation, I left it attached to the MDF while I “cased” the leather, ran the swivel knife, and completed the stamping. This is what I would normally do, except that it would have been attached cardboard after the pattern was cut out and prior to the tooling operations.
I've attached a photo to show the finished result.