Halloween Hanging Mobile Project




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The Halloween Hanging Mobile Project was lots of fun. Hand drawn images were cut out using a Fireball V90 CNC machine as pieces of the spooky mobile.

Step 1: Draw the Images and Scan Them Into the Computer

Images need to be drawn and scanned into the computer. Marker was used to give nice solid lines. Try to avoid very thin sections.

Step 2: Convert the Scanned Images to CNC Toolpaths

The images when scanned are bitmap images, these need to be converted to vectors and finally toolpaths for cutting out with the CNC machine. To do this a program called Artcam was used.

Step 3: Cut Out the Art Using the CNC

Cut out the work using the CNC machine.

Step 4: Paint and Assemble

The pieces need to be painted and assembled. OSB was used here so the wood is quite water proof to begin with. The pieces are then hung using fishing line.

Here is a water resistance test that I performed before working with the OSB material.

Step 5: Hang and Enjoy

Hang up your art and watch as the wind makes it twirl.

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    10 Discussions


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The one I used was a single flute end mill but I think the dremel ones are the same.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     Great job! My daughter would love to do this. I dont have a cnc machine though so i guess we will have to use foam board. 

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