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Getting Started with 3D Carving

Book Description

3D printing has been the hot topic in the maker world for years now, but there's another type of desktop manufacturing that's become the go-to choice for anyone who needs durable results fast. Instead of slowly depositing layers of plastic, a 3D carver starts with a solid block of material and carves it away using a rotating metal bit. It's faster than 3D printing, offers a wider choice of materials, and creates durable, permanent parts that look great. This book covers the basics of designing and making things with a 3D carver, and gives you several projects you can build yourself including a guitar, clock, earrings, and even a skateboard.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. What Will You Make with 3D Carving?
    2. How You Can Get Started 3D Carving
    3. Getting Started
    4. Getting Parts
    5. Conventions Used in This Book
    6. Using Examples
    7. O’Reilly Safari
    8. How to Contact Us
    9. Acknowledgments
  2. An Experiment
    1. I’m Trusting You
    2. Experiment #1: Sketch in This Book
  3. 1. Welcome to the Community
    1. The First Challenge
    2. What Inspires You?
  4. 2. Getting Started
    1. Getting Started with Easel
    2. The Easel User Interface
    3. Engraving Your Tile
  5. 3. Inspiration Tile
    1. Meet the Maker
    2. Project 1: Engrave the Largest Digital Tile Wall in the World
    3. Skill Builder #1: Using Digital Calipers
    4. Skill Builder #2: Picking Bit Diameters
    5. Skill Builder #3: Selecting Carve Depth
    6. Skill Builder #4: Clamping
    7. Your First Carve
  6. 4. Glider
    1. Meet the Maker
    2. Project 2: Gliders! What Kind of Wings Fly the Farthest?
    3. Skill Builder #1: Tabs
    4. Skill Builder #2: Double-Sided Tape
    5. Carving and Flying
  7. 5. Inlay Cutting Boards
    1. Meet the Maker
    2. Project 3: Inlay Cutting Boards
    3. Long Grain Style
      1. Pick Your Shape
      2. Design the Inlay
      3. Create the Carve Files
    4. End Grain Style
      1. Cutting the Wood
      2. Bonding #1
      3. Cutting Thickness Strips
      4. Bonding #2
      5. Sanding
      6. Skill Builder #1: Designing for Your Bit Size
      7. Skill Builder #2: Customizing Your Carving Calculations
      8. Skill Builder #3: Clamping for Carving
      9. Carve Away!
      10. Cooking Up Some Epoxy
      11. Sand, Sand, and Sand!
      12. The Finish Line
      13. It’s Time to Eat!
      14. Community Examples
  8. 6. Fidget Spinner
    1. Meet the Maker
    2. Project 4: Fidget Spinner
    3. Measure
    4. Design the Spinner
    5. Carve the Fidget Spinner
    6. Sanding
    7. Installing the Bearings
      1. Speed!
      2. Fidget Spinner App
    8. Community Challenge
      1. Community Examples
  9. 7. Carving Out a Stamp
    1. Meet the Maker
    2. Project 5: Personalized DIY Greeting Cards
    3. Background
    4. Setup
    5. The Artwork
    6. Using the Stamp Maker App
    7. Simulate Your Stamp
    8. Creating Two Workpieces for One Project
      1. Carving Sequence for Stamp Files
    9. Finishing Techniques
      1. Using the Stamp
    10. Community Challenge
      1. Community Examples
  10. 8. You’ve Started 3D Carving!
    1. Where Did 3D Carving Come From?
      1. Is CNC the Same as 3D Carving?
      2. Where Did the Term CNC Come From?
      3. Before CNC It Was Called Card-a-matic
      4. Say Hello to 3D Carving
    2. Concepts and Lingo
      1. 2D Versus 2.5D Versus 3D
      2. G-code
      3. Speeds and Feeds
      4. CAD, CAM, and Toolpaths
      5. Bit Descriptions
      6. Tool Material
      7. Flutes
    3. Early Access to 3D Profiling in Easel
    4. Where Can You Go from Here?
  11. 9. What’s Next
    1. Jimmy DiResta
      1. Box Joint Toolbox
    2. Warren Downes
      1. Star Wars Chocolate Mold
    3. Zach Darmanian-Harris
      1. The Block Clock
    4. Bob Clagett
      1. Four-in-a-Row Game
    5. Casey Shea
      1. The Mighty Morphmobile
    6. Steve Carmichael
      1. Making an Electric Guitar
    7. It’s a Special Time in the World
  12. Index