I have just joined and am in Uk Birmingham area.
I have never really worked with CNC machinery although i use products that come off large cincinatti style engraving machines.
I have decided i am interested in learning this art for various reasons.
The main one being that i have just finished my house decorating that i have spent years on and i am bored over weekends, one of those people who must always be working/fiddling with something.
So now you have a background i need some starting points.
I will tell you what i would like my machine to be able to do and then you can all laugh and tell me to think again or maybe throw me a life line or 3.
I would like to cut the following.
Thin wood/plastic for templates used in craft industry or even templates that people use for painting etc.
Wood various depths carvings etc, could one take a peice of wood and cut it using a router to be left with the bottom part of a jewellry box (the type that push together) and then engrave messages into the lid or base?
Engrave wood as name plaques and maybe even engrave into or through fine 2mm plastic.
Finally the dies we use at work are cnc'd out of brass or on the occasions that someone is watching due to fire risk magnesium plates.
Normally we only take a 1.6 mm cut off the dies so we are not actually cutting the whole 6.35 depth of the metal. Is this possible?
So what i need is suggestions on a small home/desktop machine that could do all or as many of the above.
Any starting points that allow me to look at how to create a file usable by Mach3 or other software would be great, how would one take a flat pdf and turn it into a cutting or engraving file, this is what we supply our die makers with.
Anyhow thanks in advance for good or bad responses.
hey, u can go to watch the video about laser cutting and engraving for wood.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKlCH_V4_jI"]YouTube- JG-7040 Laser Engraving Machine-china laser engraving machine supplier.flv[/nomedia]
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