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    I'm still pretty new to using my toy but recently...

    I'm still pretty new to using my toy but recently cut faces for illuminated letters out of 3/16" white acrylic. I used a 1/4" two flute end mill from Carbide Tool Source (~$5 a bit) and they are USA...
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    I cut d-bond (other brands of ACM but still the...

    I cut d-bond (other brands of ACM but still the same stuff) for the backs of channel letters and yes it cuts easily, even with cheap bits. I can't use it for this application because we had to weld...
  3. How fast is too fast for a 1/4" bullnose bit in HDU?

    I'm working on a personal project and am cutting some 3D characters from 20lb HDU. For the roughing pass (1/2" end mill) I was running it at 6 IPS and am doing the same for the two finish passes...
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    basic push-thru illuminated signs

    Since this forum doesn't seem to get much "love", i thought I'd post a couple of pictures of what i'm doing with my new toy. We have to make 62 of these for a mall in downtown Philly. Most will be...
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    I didn't know there was a FB page for shopbot. ...

    I didn't know there was a FB page for shopbot. I really don't use FB all that much but will check it out. i really think that message boards are going the way of the dinosaurs because of FB and...
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    Yes, I bought a new machine. 6' x 10' PRS-alpha...

    Yes, I bought a new machine. 6' x 10' PRS-alpha with a 5hp 3 phase spindle and ATC and vacuum hold-down plus the Aspire software. Buying American made (even if they outsource the motors, etc.) is...
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    Folks, Lots of food for thought. Thank you! ...

    Folks,

    Lots of food for thought. Thank you!

    i did rework the file and made it a baked 3d model, then re-cut. It would have been just about perfect except that I forgot that when I baked the...
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    Hi all, Thanks for the info. I've attached a...

    Hi all,
    Thanks for the info. I've attached a screen shot of the nodes from a small section. They "look" smooth enough. If you zoom in you can see how jagged the original imported file was. This...
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    first cuts with new shopbot - ragged edges

    Hi all,

    After much trials and tribulations i've finally gotten this beastie up and running. While I'll be doing mostly aluminum cutting for signs, I had some HDU to play with. See the attached...
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    I'm probably too late but...

    I'm probably too late but letterheadsignsupply.com has tutorials as well as selling leaf, paints and other supplies. If you are putting gold into carved letters it's not really that hard. One...
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    10 ft table - rail length?

    Hi all,

    After nearly a year I've finally gotten electricians (needed several to get this done - looong story) I've finally gotten this dang machine (6' x 10' PRS-alpha with ATC) set up and...
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    What are you folks cutting that caused the...

    What are you folks cutting that caused the machine to catch fire? Or was it the materials?
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    Becker vac pump noise level

    Hi all

    I'm nearly finished with the assembly of my new Bot (6x10 PRS alpha, ATC and spindle motor). I'm wondering how loud the Becker regenerative vac pump really is. From the looks of the...
  14. Thread: Help Wanted

    by Rocco.G
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    Sorry for the late reply, just saw the thread. ...

    Sorry for the late reply, just saw the thread.

    IDK if this will help you but Dan Swatski, a well respected sign artist (one of the few people in the sign business that I'd actually consider an...
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    Are any of those bits suitable for aluminum? ...

    Are any of those bits suitable for aluminum? I'm really looking for something to score aluminum for bending on a sheet metal brake. I know I'll use other bits to cut out the aluminum but also...
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    Cutting aluminum and dust collectors

    Hi all,

    I'm anxiously waiting for the new machine to be built and ship and am shopping for a dust collector. I expect to spend perhaps 50% of the machine time routing aluminum. Every machine i...
  17. Probably up to 1/4" is the thickest I expect to...

    Probably up to 1/4" is the thickest I expect to cut on a regular basis. Right now I'm getting some 1/8" letters done by an associate, wishing i had my machine in place. I'd have had it by now if...
  18. Yes, am getting the 5hp spindle motor. If that...

    Yes, am getting the 5hp spindle motor. If that can't handle a large cutter IDK what would.

    I do intend to get a bunch of cheap end mills knowing full well that I'll be breaking them while...
  19. The starter set is already on the order. I...

    The starter set is already on the order. I thought that the larger bit would be better, but what you say does make sense. IIRC the cutter in the starter kit was 1.25" or 1.5". The 3" cutter is...
  20. Thanks for the info folks. Cory, I'm having an...

    Thanks for the info folks.

    Cory, I'm having an electrician do the 3-phase work but will do the assembly myself. All my electric signs need to be grounded so I'll make sure to get everything...
  21. Intro and of course questions, tons of questions

    Hi all,

    I'm a sign maker in NJ and just placed the order for a 6x10 PRS alpha with ATC and vac hold down, Aspire software and a bunch of bits. With luck I'll have it here in 5-6 weeks, then the...
  22. Thread: Buddy BT-32

    by Rocco.G
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    I'm interested, PM sent.

    I'm interested, PM sent.
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