CNC topographical wooden state w/ Fusion 360

CNC topographical wooden state w/ Fusion 360

Hey guys! Today we’re doing something really exciting! We’re gonna be using 3d modeling software and putting it over to a CNC router to make things out of wood. So I have never done this before…
thankfully we have an expert! He’s (Taylor) gonna be helping us to use fusion 360 to generate the tool paths we need Katelyn (off camera):
What are we making? a Texas a topographical map of Texas made out of wood Katelyn (off camera):
Cool! Cool! Alright, let’s go! In this video we’re gonna focus on turning a 3d model of your state into
something you can cut on a CNC We’ll have a written tutorial and go into a
lot more detail on this and how to make that model of your state We’re using Fusion 360 to do this because it’s one of the most powerful free programs that can do CAD to CAM and that makes it a lot more accessible to the average
person. three steps 1) Defining the stock that’s what you’re going to cut 2) defining the tool that’s going to do the cutting and 3) telling the tool where to move around the stock to end up with your finished shape We’re gonna use a piece of 1×12 pine for our stock since it’s the first time, we don’t to use anything too pricey you define this stock and then define where the model sits within it so that when the CNC is cutting, it cuts the model out the stock
essentially Am I explaining that right? yeah, you don’t want it to be cutting in
air So you have to define where the model is within the stock you’re gonna use the tool library to define what tool you’re gonna use. you can save all the tools you make within this tool library for each CNC machine that you have Maybe you have more than one What we’re using is a flat end mill We’re setting a large step down so that’s gonna give it the layered topographical look otherwise it would be more of a smooth gradual but there’s a wizard that helps you walk through what dimensions you need. you just need some digital calipers to measure everything that helps you
position the tool lets the program know that you’re not going to run into
anything that would be bad Now the setups complete and you have to tell the CNC where in a cut there’s a bunch of settings all dependent on the material and your tool etc The Shapeoko wiki is super helpful and a great resource we’re not going to go into all of the details it’s gonna be in the written tutorial and that is for you guys but that’s
also for us so we remember what we did one great thing about CAM is you can
preview the tool path to see how long it’s gonna take you can even see what
the final product it’s gonna look like before you run the machine at all and
once you’re happy with this preview export the code using a post processor E: laughs… why are you looking… K: I like your face Using one of the post processors within Fusion 360 there are so many machines
built in select the one you want then the code generated by fusion 360 you
open it in your machine control software in your machine control software… and then what do you do? then you cut! machine control software is the thing that actually runs the code
that was generated by fusion 360 T: how long do you think its going to take? K: I’m gonna say two hours E: didn’t someone say it took them 6? K: what do you think? E: five minutes K: I thought you were going to say 5 hours… very practical E: ok… 4 hours that does not slide there oh wait… yeah… yeah… it does K: We’re basically just guessing what feels like the right tension? if we hear it making weird noises yeah we sto And yes, this is our first rodeo. K: we did it in only 10 hours… E: 10? I thought it was 6… K: I thought it was 4 You ready? I have an easy job make sure you don’t backwards out of your flip flops thank goodness we have the double doors i’ma let y’all get past me E: keep an eye out for Mochi K: she’s there K: go back inside, this is not for youuu We cut one board for the Texas and one board to protect the Shapeoko in case we calibrated it wrong we held them in place with double-sided tape but this type was maybe overkill then we marked the center and tried to protect Evans computer from dust Oooh… I said done. I didn’t hit zero E: moment of truth… E to K: maybe step back a little… quick shout out to our patreon
supporters you guys are awesome! And if anyone else out there wants to support us and get things like mini vlogs, free stuff and all that jazz, please check out our patreon page. we’ll link to it below Thank you! carefully and slowly… this part might be free… K: this is very nerve-wracking *strained noises* OMG! OMG omg So we really love how this turned out now that it’s been sanded and flaped and polished and everything but by the time this video is out, this is gonna be gone because we auctioned it off to raise money for the Harvey flood relief fund so we’re going to make another one out of
walnut for ourselves … because we still want one if you’ve seen our stuff before you might know that we sell 3d printed topographical Texas’s things like CNCs and 3d printers they can be really expensive but if you’re using them to make products, they’re great at batching out lots and lots of items. Sell those products and the machines will pay for themselves speaking of which… we have a video on that which is going to be down below yeah it’s all about how to sell handmade products We’ll link it in the description

97 thoughts on “CNC topographical wooden state w/ Fusion 360

  1. {__/}
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    / >   🍟 want some French fries
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    🍟 < just kidding these are MY French fries go buy your own!

  2. Very cool! I think I have a maker space in town that has one of these! It’s a full wood shop with a small monthly fee. I have always wanted to try this.

  3. Hey, you did the video I was waiting for! Thanks guys, I'll be reading your tutorial and trying to figure this out for my state now. Great video.

  4. Awesome! I need to find double sided tape that's not the crazy mounting tape in the vid, or the spongy stuff. I think David over at Make Something mentioned a specific stuff he uses that seems to be closer to normal tape style. But I haven't seen anything like it at HD whenever I remember to look.

  5. Awesome work, y'all! Twas a long build process on that one by myself! I've really got to dig into Fusion and use it for some of this kind of thing.

  6. If you plane or run your wood through a drum sander and get it very flat, I highly recommend Nitto Permacel P02 tape. Way less obnoxious to use than carpet tape or that ultra high bond foam tape from 3M.

  7. I've used Carpet tape before to do some template work on my router and it works great. It doesn't move as much as the foam tape, readily available, fairly inexpensive, but also really strong. A little goes a long way.

  8. Great video, looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Although I'm disappointed that the Wizard to help you through it wasn't an actual Wizard. Like Harry Potter or Gandalf. Or Merlin!! I wonder who'd win in a fight between Gandalf and Merlin..

  9. I tried this on a province but it wouldn't work. Fun video! In my next video, I do a bunch of CNC cutting using Fusion 360 too! I have a trick for holding down stock that's cheap, strong and most importantly…. easy to remove!

  10. Hey Evan and Katelyn, I'm not trying to advertise to take advantage of how nice you are to fans I just have a favor to ask. I am trying to raise money for St. Jude's but I really can't get the publicity I need and I really need help with that. If you could help me please please contact me on twitter @KinnearEthan. Thank you for your time reading this.

  11. "I like your face" true love ☺ I would like a cnc router. I think I will have to start a cnc saving fund money box thingy..

  12. So if you search for "Crimson Guitars masking tape trick" it'll show you that you can make a bond better and easier than double sided tape using masking tape and super glue. It may be easier and more cost effective in the long run, though I'm sore you two have a stockpile of it 🙂

  13. A little tip with that particular type of foam backed double-sided tape: You can use dental floss to "cut" it and take it apart. Just get a long piece and wrap each end around a screwdriver or something a few times and then pull it between the pieces. The floss goes right through the foam and it comes right apart.

  14. Ha! I recognized it's Texas even before you mentioned. Well, it's famous as part of the famous Texas Instruments Logo on many calculators. And (geometrically) it's much more interesting than Wyoming or Colorado, isn't it?

    I don't have a DIY background but came to the topic via music and the marble machine by Wintergatan. I think their project "Marble Machine X" would also be very interesting for you to watch, learn, and get inspired. If you have a place for a weekly time waster series, watch Wintergatans Wednesdays.

    The intro:
    Part 1, building up a CNC machine as the basis of it all – should be very familiar to you:
    And if it really slipped you, the first marble machine:

    Oh, and before I forget, you mentioned having a video about making the Tetris blocks you brought to Simone Giertz yesterday. Can you point me to it? I don't find it and it would be nice to see their making, too. I can't believe someone in the live comments didn't even know Tetris, that should be common knowledge. Maybe he just pretended to not know it – or I'm getting old…

  15. you can find topographical maps of all the states on Thingiverse.
    here the link I found if you don't just want Texas. i would actually like to mill them all out and make one big map.

  16. Since you guys live in Texas. I think I heard or read somewhere that you live in Houston? Either way, since you guys like to travel and meet others for videos, how about one or some of the 3D printing places in your state. Tiny Machines is in Houston.
    Chris has been very helpful with answering my questions, and per his Facebook page, others state how helpful he and his staff are. (I suspect he would like the exposure to more YouTube viewers also. 🙂 ) I'd not heard of Alec Steele before your videos with him.
    Just a thought…..

  17. Sorry to disappoint you but 6-hours time 3 is 18 LABOR HOURS unless Katelyn was just an observer, and then it was only a 12-hour build.

    But who's counting?

  18. Are they really "handmade" products if you use a programmable machine to make them? Isn't that the opposite of handmade?

  19. Hey I'm trying to make topo 3D prints as detailed as possible and it's not lookin good because even on my small 12×12 test piece, when I go to convert mesh to brep and I get "Warning: This mesh contains a large number of facets…. The conversion has been aborted." Well f*** me then lol any ideas?

  20. As a fellow Texan I’m very happy of this design and happy that y’all love Texas as much well a Texan would love Texas! 🙂

  21. I tried the same kind of thing with an actual router!!!! I did that on a few 2x4s cut them and made a lamp. You guys should try that.

  22. Did y'all know we have 4 channels now? This main one, plus:

    🎮 Evan and Katelyn Gaming

    (us playing games and chatting, enhanced by epic editing and a heavy dose of memes)

    🎙️ Evan and Katelyn Podcast

    (chatting about life, YouTube stuff, and playing games you can play along with)

    😹 Evan and Katelyn Too

    (still figuring this one out 😂)

  23. Do you know how to get every state in high res? The link on your other page has someone who made all the States but it is fairly low resolution at least the one I looked at for Virginia was. I would like to start with something like you did if Texas before you lower it but for each state

  24. Cool video, but if you are going to do a demo of making a 3D relief map of a state, why pick one that is essentially flat?!? Doing something like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, or Alaska would have been a lot more interesting.

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