Category Archives: CNC

CNC Project File Disclaimer

The files in this section are provided as-is with no support or guarantee of success. You will have to make the appropriate changes yourself if (for example) you are starting with a stock material of a different thickness. All projects are considered free to use under CC BY-NC 4.0. Basically, you’re free to make for non-commercial, personal use. Just throw me some credit via link to this page or my YouTube video.

San Francisco Skyline Burnt Wood Art – CNC Project 79

When life give you lemons, make art. That was the challenge I set for myself when I shattered a couple oak boards for my SpaceX Droneship Coaster Project. With a little improvisation, I assembled my oak slats into something loosely resembling a pallet and engraved on it a stylized skyline from the best coast. Check out my video for the full story.

DIY 5-in-1 Brass Branding Iron

Making a personalized branding iron using Fusion 360 and my Carbide3D CNC machines. I scoured the internet to learn how to make myself a branding iron that didn’t require welding (to attach to a handle), but I wasn’t happy with what I found. Although I applaud the makers who took the initiative and carved their own branding irons with Dremels, I thought we could do better, we have the technology. So here’s my process for turning a block of brass … Continue reading

‘Home’ Mementos: A Nomad CNC Project

Now that Christmas 2016 is behind us, I can reveal all of the things I’ve been making for people. Previously, I’d shared some signs and plaques that I’d made. Today I’m able to show off two more projects that have made their way to their recipients: a San Diego Home-Love plaque in a similar style to what I’ve made before, and a Georgia/Atlanta ornament. Both were primarily fabricated with my Nomad 883 Pro. Hope you enjoy the project, and I’ll … Continue reading

DIY Spinning Christmas Ornaments

With a little planning and some basic hardware, some sheets of 3mm acrylic can be turned into spinning ornaments that can be infinitely customized to express yourself. Project made possible courtesy of @apolloness.

First Hand Look at the Nomad 883 Pro Desktop CNC by Carbide3D

60 pounds of Prosumer-grade awesome, and Make Magazine award winner. The majority of people looking to get into digital fabrication tend to consider cost to be a very important factor. The first CNC machine most individuals buy will probably cost less than $2,000. And that’s okay, because there’s plenty of value to be had in the entry-level segment. But what if your budget is more flexible? Unfortunately, CNC shopping isn’t like car shopping. You don’t get to test drive a … Continue reading

DIY Letter Blocks

My good friends having a baby gave me a project idea, custom letter blocks. Super simple idea that I over-complicated by my choice of materials (“upcycling” some 2×4 scraps, instead of buying square dowels). Materials, Consumables, & Hardware: 2×4 scraps, untreated. 1-x- Pine board Acrylic Paint Shellac 1/8″ Ball End Mill