Wrapping Up



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Well done! If you stayed with us the whole way through, you've learned enough about CNC to get going on your own projects. Remember that this kind of work takes lots of practice and you'll probably make a lot of mistakes the first several times you make projects.

Stick with it, keep practicing, and pay close attention at every step. Keep experimenting, and you'll get more comfortable every time you use the machine.

Step 1: Inspirational Projects

Now that you've got a handle on the process of CNC carving and cutting, there are some awesome projects on instructables that would be fun to recreate with your own spin.

Caldera Table by PATHfab is a beautiful solid wood table with a milled out top surface. It's got pockets in in one of the corners with milled aluminum lids as seen above. If you do it right, you can make interconnecting parts like this fir perfectly, all based on one 3D model.

How to Carve the Lunar Surface with CNC by cdorety is a 3D relief sculpture of the Lunar surface. You can use the technique you learned in Lesson 2 to translate a 2D depth map to a 3D surface, then mill it out.

Zip Tie Lounge Chair by wholman is a unique take on flat-packed furniture that uses zip ties to fix the pieces together. It's cheap and easy to cut on a CNC, and from the looks of it it's probably pretty comfortable too.

Get to Work!

Now that you're fully schooled by the class and inspired by the awesome projects above, it's time to get your hands dirty and start making your own projects.

What have you made? Create an Instructable and show the world.



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