For my first serious project with the Tormach CNC mill (or with any CNC mill, for that matter) I designed a tray for my Apple Watch bands. The tray itself is less about practicality than it was about getting to do lots of tool changes, and try a variety of milling operations. Sizing the stock on the big Acra manual mill, facing passes, roughing, finishing passes, and even a chamfer. Routine stuff for the experts, I'm sure, but really fun and exciting for a hobbyist at a #makerspace
Even so, I made certain to test my design with a few quick laser cut prototypes, first in cardboard, then after some refinements, in acrylic. (I didn't commit to carving up a block of aluminum until I was satisfied with the design.)Best part:
I joined Protospace a year and a half ago, and when I did, I knew absolutely nothing about metalworking, CAM, laser cut prototyping, or maker stuff, in general.
My "maker" skills were limited to a little work with a glue gun, and maybe some LEGO stuff. Software:
Autodesk Fusion 360Hardware:
A variety of end mills and a chamfer mill. A Tormach PCNC 1100 mill. An Acra kneel mill. A sandblasting cabinet. A large laser cutter. A MacBook.Makerspace: