Photo Machining

This video from Boxford demonstrates the process of photo CNC machining. The full designing and making process is shown from a CAD design through to a finished product. Firstly a bitmap or jpeg image of a woman’s face is imported into CAD software. This is then processed and the routing process is simulated using software. Next machining takes place using 3mm cast acrylic. The picture outline is cut first, followed by engraving of the picture. Finally a comparison of the machined image to the original picture is shown, demonstrating the quality of machining. Curriculum links include the use of CAD/CAM in the designing, simulating and making of a product and the use of CNC machines to cut and engrave images onto materials.


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