New to Shapeoko -
What is the best bit for full cut-through of material?
Trying to make a beer flight (similar to charcuterie)
New to Shapeoko -
One which has a cutting flute length equal to or greater than the thickness of the stock — pretty much any tool should work.
Big thing is the toolpaths — if cutting out, rather than just cutting a slot:
Offset to the outside by endmill diameter plus 10% or so:
Then cut as a pocket:
down to tab height or the penultimate pass:
then move the contour down to below the pocket and start cutting at the bottom of the pocket:
and go back and add tabs:
which previews as:
For clean edges on both the top and bottom, a compression bit works well.
I’ve used the ‘Jenny’ bit and have been very happy with the results. Its distinguishing feature is a very short upcut section, so you don’t need a deep DOC to take advantage of it.
Excellent advise. Thank you very much!
As Will says, cut as a pocket with slight offset. this makes the cut larger than the diameter of your bit but keeps the friction from building up. That could lead to heat and/or gripping the bit to pull it loose from its collet. On a small diameter, it is not much of an issue, but repeated cuts could cause problems.
I typically cut only part way through then use my router table to finish with a flush trim bit. So with 3/4 stock, the cnc cut goes to about 1/4 inch deep. This saves a lot of time.
Just to clarify for my thick skull if I may…
I bought my Pro 5 to do signage, but also plan to do guitar builds with Fusion.
So to cut a 1.75" Telecaster body, I want my flute at least that length, 2" is better.
Any suggestions for the proper end mill?
I ask because I found a few forums that suggest its ok to use a smaller length flute. But doesn’t this mean your shaft will really heat up ?
For cutting all the way through a 1.75" stock in a toolpath which leaves a vertical feature one would want either at least 1.75" of cutting flute length, or to do it in a 2-sided job using at least 0.875" of cutting flute.
There have been a couple of discussions of long reach endmills here — I’ve had good luck w/ a 1/8" from Garr Tools.
Yes, if the shaft rubs along a vertical feature it will warm up — a work-around is a tool w/ a relieved shank such as:
+1 on “The Jenny” tools, I’ve been impressed with the end mills and Vs I’ve gotten from him.
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