This document contains a workflow that I have adopted based on plans I purchased from ToyMakingPlans.com. This is just one of many ways to use a CNC for toy making but so far it works for me. This isn’t for a person that isn’t computer savvy, which you will see later in the posts. This will be the first in a series but since my time is limited, it may happen quickly. A few notes before I get started:
I contacted John before creating this document and he has given his limited blessing. I say limited because his work is copyrighted and you should purchase his plans before starting this process. I’m using the PlayPal file for this text since it is a free file and it’s the one I used to vet out the process.
The software I use:
Vectric software – Vcarve Desktop 8.0
Rockler Piranha Shark FX (upgraded from original) No Laser or 3d Printer. The weekend after I purchased mine, they came out with the FX version. Since I was getting ready for a craft show, I didn’t have time to return or exchange it.
A couple of comments on purchasing a CNC. Buy the largest table size you can. Mine is very small but fits my space. Plan for dust control, they make a mess. If I could, I would buy a ShopBot (just my opinion).
I researched several CNC machines including ShopBot, Digital Carver, X-Carve, and Rockler Pirannha. If I had more budget and space, I would have opted for a Digital Carver or ShopBot but there are many good choices including building your own.
Pros of Piranha:
No computer, uses USB Stick
Table with t-track
Purchased through major retailer
Cons of Pirannah
Uses Router (may not be accurate)
No Dust Boot (you have to have FX for dust boot)
Sometimes it does what it wants to do
I also researched different software packages and settled on a CNC that included Vcarve. I have the desktop version which is fine for my work. The pro includes larger sizes and additional feature sets.
That’s all for now, my next installment will go over how I went through the thought process of getting files ready for CNC.