3-in-1 3D printers have been quite popular for some time, primarily because they can perform three tasks which are 3D printing, CNC carving, and laser engraving and cutting. Most people know much about the two, that is, 3D printing and laser engraving and cutting. What about CNC carving? What is CNC carving? And how does
3-in-1 3D printers have been quite popular for some time, primarily because they can perform three tasks which are 3D printing, CNC carving, and laser engraving and cutting. Most people know much about the two, that is, 3D printing and laser engraving and cutting. What about CNC carving? What is CNC carving? And how does it work?
First, what is CNC carving? ‘CNC’ stands for Computerized Numerical Control. It is a computerized manufacturing process in which pre-programmed software and code control the movement of production equipment. The CNC works on a coordinate system of X, Y, and Z for 3D motion control. The machine can work with plastics, wood because it is sometimes called a wood carving machine, and various materials by carving away a solid block and turning it into a new shape. The parts can be designed in the computer with a CAD / CAM program.
Therefore, how can you CNC carve with a Snapmaker model 3D printer? Here is the procedure;
- First, you’ll need to clamp the material using the provided clamp sets. What does this entail?
- Peel off the masking paper from the acrylic sheet.
- Draw the diagonals on the material surface using a pencil, and mark the material center.
- Place the material on the center of the CNC carving platform
- Attach four clamp sets to the CNC carving platform either by using a screw or double-sided tape.
- Second, Attach the CNC bit by tilting the ER11 collet into the ER11 nut until the collet snaps into place. Then insert the CNC bit into the ER11 collet until the sank bottoms are against the collet. After that, twist the ER11 nut onto the CNC carving module, and secure the nut using the open-end wrenches.
- Third, prepare the model file, but note that before you generate a G-code file on Luban, prepare the model file first. How?
- Use provided model
- Design 3D model using modeling software
- Download free CAD files from the Website
- After preparing the model file, now generate the G-code file by opening Luban and following Snapmaker’s guidelines to develop it.
- Fourth, Transfer the G-code file and start carving in the following method: Touchscreen via WI-FI or USB flash drive; or Luban via workspace or USB flash drive.
- On touchscreen via WI-FI
- Click workspace, then in the connection panel, click WI-FI, Refresh, Select your CNC carver on the dropdown list, and connect Luban to your CNC carver.
- On the touchscreen, tap YES to grant WI-FI connection
- In the workspace, click Send to the device via WI-FI, then tap Got it to receive the G-code.
- On touch screen via USB flash drive
- In the CNC G-code generator, click export G-code to file and save it on the flash drive.
- Insert the USB flash drive into the controller.
- On the touchscreen, find the G-code file by tapping Files, USB.
- Fifth, set the work origin and start carving by finding where the carving will take place by putting the work origin corresponding to the coordinate source (0, 0) in the software. How do you set it?
- On the touchscreen, tap file, Local, or USB to select G-code file.
- Wear CNC safety google. Set the material center as the work origin of the physical coordinate system. Tap X, Y, and Z offset on the Set Work Oigin screen to move the CNC bit to where the Work origin will be.
- Fine-tune the work’s origin.
- Check the work area by tapping Z+ to lift the CNC bit above the clamp set, and tap RUN Boundary to check if the work area is proper.
- Now you are set; tap starts carving.
- Sixth, clean the finished work by removing the clamp set from the CNC carving platform and cleaning using a vacuum Read more