Here's how to make a memorable christmas ornament in an hour using acrylic sheet and a cnc mill.
Step 1: Generate Your Snowflake
Use the snowflake generator at http://blog.inventables.com/2014/11/snowflake-gene... to create a unique snowflake design. Export a *.svg when you are done.
Step 2: Import Into Easel and Add Some Text
Goto http://www.easel.com/ to access Inventable's free CAD/CAM/Control software.
Import your snowflake *.svg an size it to your liking.
Adjust the material values and change the cut out mode to outline and full depth, I used 6mm cast acrylic sheet.
Add some text and use the fill mode, I used a 1.5 mm depth.
P.S. S&M stands for Sarah & Matt....
Step 3: Mill Away!
Make sure to use a single flute endmill with ~0.5mm pass depth and ~635 mm/min speed. I used a shapeoko 2 and these settings work great.
Step 4: Attach the Hangar
I forgot to add a hole to hang the snowflake from so I milled one out on the drill press, I would recommend adding this into the cnc milling stage for next time.
Attach a wire through the hole and hang it from the tree.