Machining Acrylic Using The Vacuum Bed

This video from Boxford demonstrates acrylic CNC machining using a vacuum bed. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. A 2D CAD file for a penguin shaped CD rack is designed using Techsoft Mill Design. CAM processing then takes place and the routing process is simulated using software. The vacuum bed is fitted to the CNC machine and this is shown in place along with the pump. Through machining takes place using 6mm acrylic. Curriculum links include the use of CAD/CAM in the designing, simulating and making of a product and the use of vacuum beds to cut acrylic on CNC machines.

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