Introduction: Logo Engraving

This is the latest project that I made at TechShop Chandler. I wanted to try engraving a logo using the ShopBot. So a grabbed a Nissan logo off the web (I don't own the logo, I just used it as example of something to engrave).

Step 1: Convert Logo to Vector

I imported the logo into VCarve Pro, and converted it to a Vector using the software's wizard. Then I had to edit the nodes to simplify the logo to make it acceptable for the ShopBot.

Step 2: Preview of the Toolpath

I told the software to use a 1/4" endmill to engrave the main logo, and a V-bit for the text engraving. Here is the tool path preview from VCarve Pro.

Step 3: On to the ShopBot

Then I loaded the machine code into the ShopBot, installed my bit, set my zeros and starting cutting.

Step 4: Finished Product

Here is the finished product. As you can see, the maple split because I shot a nail too close to the edge. The text isn't perfect, because the V-bit was damaged. And I still need to sand it, but overall, I am quite pleased with the potential of the ShopBot.

I am still trying to come up with more projects to take advantage of my local TechShop in Chandler.