CNC Embroidery Hoop Frame

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Introduction: CNC Embroidery Hoop Frame

About: I am a teacher and maker space manager at Creighton Prep High School

My spouse wanted a cleaner way to display embroidered art. I have access to a CNC machine so I made these frames to house the embroidery hoops as well as hide them.

Supplies

Embroidery hoop, hopefully with art in it, I guess could be anything you like stretched in the hoop.

I used 12 in hoop in this instructable.

Embroidery hoops on Amazon

Fusion 360 and a computer to run it

Fusion

CNC router and computer to run it

https://www.inventables.com/

Wood or other material

Step 1: What You Need

A copy of Fusion 360

( I use the educational edition because I am teacher) or another 3D modeling software with the capability to export g-code. This is the main reason I like and teach Fusion to my students, so I do not like the other options

https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360

I assume you could use another modeling program and then export to the software on your CNC router or draw it in your CAM software if you want. This is not an instrucable on how to use a CNC or Fusion I would suggest reading the documentation for your router, or finding other resources. Fusion 360 has a great amount of learning materials for 3D modeling and Machining

https://academy.autodesk.com/explore-and-learn

A CNC router

Maybe you own one, or your school has one, or a makerspace

Wood

I used plywood and popular, but you can use whatever will work for you

Step 2: Create a Model in Fusion 360

I created a model of the frame in Fusion 360.

Be sure to measure your hoop every time, there is easily a 1/8th to a 1/4 inch difference between wooden hoops. To be more consistent you may want to purchase plastic hoops(which now would be hidden).

For my large 12 inch hoop the dimensions were 11.875 for the interior hoop, which will be the size of the frame hole. then the exterior hoop was 12.60, well really about 12.5, but I wanted a bit of extra wiggle room. I added a pocket for the screw and which was 2 inches long and 1 inch tall and just connected the lines to make it all look nice

Step 3: CNC the Frame

My CNC router uses Mach 3 to run the g-code. I simply import the .tap file and align my zeros and cut my work. I have been cutting the frame hole first, then the pocket for the frame, and finally the outside frame.

Step 4: Add Embroidery

Finally add some embroidered art, and hang on the wall. I originally added to holes to hang the frame, however I was told a single nail in the wall worked great in the pocket for the hoop tightener.

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    7 Comments

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    25 days ago

    Wow! These really make the embroidery stand out. Love it :)

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    seamster
    seamster

    8 weeks ago

    Great idea with nice results. Clear and repeatable steps as well, thanks for sharing! : )

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    rmansfield3
    rmansfield3

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Thanks!

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    craftisan
    craftisan

    8 weeks ago

    This looks beautiful! And the embroidery itself is lovely 😊

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    innovento
    innovento

    7 weeks ago on Step 4

    Both the idea and the embroidery look great!