CNC plastic sheets into products
In this how to, I will show you our process to cut HDPE Sheets using a X-Carve CNC.
Here is the full video in spanish with subtitles <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LrrFz802To">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LrrFz802To</a> —
Step 1 - Meassure the plastic sheet
The cool thing about Easel (https://easel.inventables.com/) is that you can "simulate" you actual material and THEY EVEN HAVE HDPE 2-Colors in their cutting material lists!!
Step 2 - Secure sheet
Step 3 - Choosing a file to cut
We download the SVG file, which is an open source vector format and import it to Easel.
Step 4 - Follow the cutting Wizzard
- We check that the sheet is fixed.
- We also specify the cutting bit, we are using a 1/8 flat flute bit.
- We tell the machine where the coordinate 0-0 is, which we always choose as the down left corner.
- We raise the bit, turn on the Router!!!
AND PUM THE MAGIC BEGINS!!
Step 5 - Cutting HDPE vs other material
cuts through HDPE. It's quicker than cutting wood and 10 times than aluminum.
The main problem we have with the HDPE sheets is that we don't always have even surfaces, because of our sheet making process, resulting in uneven cuts and engravings.
That's why we sometimes do a first pass with the router "cleaning" the surface of the sheet and trying to mill an even surface.
Step 6 - Post-production and show case
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