inf-heart base and mirror inlay.c2d (2.5 MB)
Here is the c2d file used for the infinite heart key chain. In this single file is the base design which I cut from 0.25" stock and the mirror image design which I cut from 0.12" stock. I find it critical to work in a single file when I work through the ‘inside’ and 'outside cuts. I believe the secret to a good fit is the meticulous arrangement of the vector nodes such that there are no significant gaps on either side of the vector when viewing the inside and outside toolpaths. After I design, I move the tool paths…the placement of the designs in the attached file is arbitrary…and the two square (and unused) vectors around the base design help me align and place and Q.A. during my milling process.
I used version 304 to create this design. Earlier versions of Carbide Create let me move vectors while viewing the tools paths…which allowed much faster designs as the toolpaths became alignment aids. It seems that option was disabled in recent CC versions (including 304). I can’t see what my vector edits do immediately…but that just means I have to switch back and forth from design to toolpath views to complete the process.
My workflow begins by importing my svg pattern and then adjusting the vector until my smallest end mill (in this case, identified as #14 in my library and in the attached; the 2 flute SQ 0.015" (.38mm) with 0.05" cutting depth) tool paths work…then I create the mirror and all necessary paths, then the base with all necessary paths.
I hope this is helpful and useful. I remind everyone that I am self taught so what is represented here many not be the right way, but it works for me.