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CNC: Same design, different toolpaths, different look

A really interesting aspect of doing CNC work is creating a design, and then experimenting with different toolpaths to get different results.

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Solid Wood Joinery Using a CNC Machine

Joinery is the method that woodworkers use to connect two or more pieces of wood. In its simplest form, it involves merely gluing, nailing, or...

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Nested-Based Manufacturing

Nested-based manufacturing refers to a system used to efficiently produce groups of rectangular and non-symmetrical parts from flat material, such...

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What is a 5-Axis CNC Machine?

Just about everyone associated with manufacturing has heard about 5-axis CNC machines, but it's likely that relatively few of them actually...

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Cutting Small Parts on a CNC Routing Table

The definition of a “small part” will vary from shop to shop, but it’s generally agreed that any part that fits in the palm of the hand is...

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Saving That CNC Carving - Unplanned Re-Carving

How many times has it happened to you? You are finished with your CNC carving and realize the name is spelled wrong or something is not right with...

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Flatten Log Cookies Using Your CNC Router

Woodworkers have become very intrigued by the prospect of working with log “cookies.” They’re using small-scale versions as centerpieces on tables...

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CNC Router FAQs: Everything You Should Know

In the early years of CNC, many systems were modified to fit the existing standard machines. Today, almost any machine tool is available in a CNC...

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Marking on Metal with a CO2 Laser

So, you’ve picked up a CO2 laser, and engraved onto a variety of materials; perhaps wood, ceramic, maybe even leather.

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Some Types of CNC Machines Have Automated Woodworking

Most woodworking shops have variations of the machinery found in the typical metal shop. Yet, when most people hear the term “CNC machinery,”...

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