Cut out shapes out of plastic sheets with a CNC

In this how to, I will show you our process to cut HDPE Sheets using a X-Carve CNC.

Here is the full video in spanish with subtitles <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LrrFz802To&quot;&gt;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LrrFz802To&lt;/a&gt;


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Step 1 - Measure the plastic sheet

For this step we need to measure our plastic sheet: Height, Width and Thickness. Our X-Carve machine works with the CAM Software EASEL, for me, the easiest software for CNC milling out there.

The cool thing about Easel (https://easel.inventables.com/) is that you can "simulate" your actual material and THEY EVEN HAVE HDPE 2-Colors in their cutting material lists!!

Step 2 - Secure sheet

Using the CNC clamps from the X-Carve, secure the sheet to the table,

Step 3 - Choosing a file to cut

Now we go to our illustrator, such as Inkscape to design a vector file or download and open source one frome https://thenounproject.com/.

We download the SVG file, which is an open source vector format and import it to Easel.

Step 4 - Follow the cutting Wizzard

Now with the file we can choose the width we want to carve/cut and then we go to cut and start the wizzard:

  • We check that the sheet is fixed.

  • We also specify the cutting bit, we are using a 1/8 flat flute bit.

  • We tell the machine where the coordinate 0-0 is, which we always choose as the down left corner.

  • We raise the bit, turn on the Router!!!

AND PUM THE MAGIC BEGINS!!

Step 5 - Post-production and show case

You take now your glasses or object and postprocess them and of course show it to your friends, family and so on.

Step 6 - Hack it and try it yourself

You can try this project with other types of CNC machines, even manual Routers or manual saw, as I did on this video: https://youtu.be/gxkcffQD3eQ, but the important thing is that you share what you do and help this community to grow!!!

Share your ideas and comments!

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