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    Default Plexi 3D

    First a disclaimer, am not a Botter, but have always liked this forum, and don't discount the possibility of owning a Bot sometime down the road.
    That said, these can just as well be made with a Bot. Both are vectorart files that have been carved -3D, substracted mode. Roughing I use a .25 endmill, finish a .05 tapered ball nose, commonly used for 3D in wood.

    1st one is a Jesus bust done in 3/8" plexi, not much room for depth with 3/8", but as you can see, it is possible. Used just about all the thickness I had available, came out very nice. Lettering was then etched with a diamond drag bit, and set in a custom base with a RGB strip.
    2nd was done in 1" thick plexi, plenty of room for depth with 1", probably went near .75" deep. Came out very nice, is about 12x8", sure to appeal to firearm enthusiasts.
    I have tried these in .5" plexi as well, did a very nice praying hands design, and I think .5 is ideal for these.

    The normal caveats when routing plexi apply to these, slow RPM's as possible and high feed rates to avoid any melting issues. These are fun to make, open up new areas of creativity, and sell pretty well, certainly attract attention wherever they are.
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    Doug - Very cool stuff!
    Thanks for sharing - We appreciate the inspiration and description of methods you used.

    jeff

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    Very nice work... did you make the base.
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    Jeff - Yep, no matter what machine is used we share at least 90% in common with methods, tooling, software, procedures ect. I have learned just browsing around here.

    Eugene, yes I make my bases out of mdf with an appropriate sized slot, also have the slot stepped on the ends to keep it from sitting right on the light strip. The gun was pictured before I even made a correct base for it, I just set it over the slot of another base for the pic, in fact it is the 3/8 base for the Jesus bust, you can see it will no where near fit in that slot.

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    A few more recent works
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    looks like you got that mastered
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    Love the last three. keep posting please. Scott
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    I'm envious.. supper nice.. I will have to try that one of these days.

    I do see something wrong with it...

    You can send one to Jack and the other two to me and we will solve the problem... ( be in our collections) just joking supper nice.
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    Thanks guys, I'll post some more in the coming days including an Einstein, eagle and a skull, they are done but no bases yet.
    Most of these you probably recognize as vector art 3d, except the horse, I forgot where I got that one from, but I'm hoping to be making my own designs soon, working on a Marylin Monroe should be pretty sweet.
    I've also been experimenting on some of my many rejects flame polishing the designs with MAP gas to burn away the white haze, the 3d designs are then clear and really look like they are floating in the glass. MAP is so hot though its very easy to burn and ruin, so I'm treading carefully here.

    I have some of these offered for sale at a buddies laser engraving booth at a flea market, the pics I took of the last 3 were from there. Big old black guy and super cool, talented with the laser too, sometimes he does 2d etches on the plexiglass with the laser and I bring in the base ,,, He said of the German Shepard "Damn, that thing looks so real I can smell its breath"
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    there is something pleasing about "dogbreath". I love the german shepard.
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