Hack of the Week No.122

Design and Make Hack of the Week No.122 - Baseball Champs Plaque

Baseball season is almost at its end with championship games popping up all over the pace.  Whether it's the minor league or the big leagues a customized plaque is something that will make a great award for a kids wall or a bragging piece for that sports inspired man cave!  

"Baseball Champs Plaque"

This layout was created using models from these projects:

Fonts used are:

  • Square and Swiss

Note - This hack was assembled in Aspire V8 for presentation purposes.  It could have been done in VCarve Pro V8 or VCarve Desktop.

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Customer Focus - Matthias Haase

It's always nice to hear from customers that are using projects to create a finished piece to celebrate a special event.  Matthias Haase used the Local Heros - Firefighter No.1  to create the two projects highlighted in this post.  The first is a wall plaque for a graduating class from a firefighting school and the second is a sign for a shop.  Both use the same layout but have finished bits that are unique to each piece.

Finished wall plaque.

"This shield is a Memorial Gift from the members of a Fire Brigade Course that’s started on 15 August 2016 and ended on 19 August 2016"

"For the Fire and Rescue School in Celle (Lower Saxony) Germany"

What a great gift and using the photo in the center is a very nice touch.

"Software I used is Aspire
Machine Software is EDING CNC
Dimension of the Size is 400 x 580 mm
Time on the machine 16 hours"

"Milling tools
6mm Endmill for 3D roughing 3600mm/min
3. mm Ball Nose for 3D finishing 3600 mm/min
3.175 mm 90 deg V Bit for small letters engraving 3600 mm/min
12.7 mm 90 deg V Bit for big Letters engraving 3200 mm/min
3.0 mm Endmill for Cut Out 3600 mm/min"

Reviewing the toolpath results. 

Finished plaque without the picture added.

Finished and installed.


When finishing his second project he used a very interesting way to get the gold into the v-carved text.

"I used a CNC Machine called GP10050 from this small Factory http://auracher-lasertechnik.de/index.php/home-of-the-gp"

Looks like he ran his roughing pass and then painted the letters gold.  After the paint dried he ran the finishing pass to remove of the allowance material left from the roughing and also removing the extra paint.  The end result is very nice and makes the painting look very accurate and nice.

Great work Matthias!

Second plaque.

Rouging with v-carving added.

Application of paint.

Running the finishing pass to remove extra material and paint.

Thanks Matthias for taking the time to share your projects with us!

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Customer Focus - Ted Gauthier

Ted is the Deputy Fire Chief for Bloomfield Village fire department, Bloomfield Township Michigan, and does CNC'ing in his spare time.  He also races/flies hot air balloons... wow... that's a busy guy!  Last year he sent in this finished piece he made for his local Fire Chief.

Fire Chief Plaque


"I used a .25 in. End mill for the roughing and profile. I used the 1/16 ball nose for the finishing cut and a 60 degree V carve bit for the letters. I use Vectric VCARVE Pro 8 software"

Ted used models from 2 different projects to create this hack - 

Local Heroes - Firefighter No.1
Local Heroes - Police No.1

What a great layout for a retirement plaque or with a quick change of text a years of service award.

Ted's Home Built CNC Machine

"My CNC is a homemade. Plans by Dave Gatton. The CNC cutting area is 24 inches by 34 inches. "

What a great looking machine!!!  Amazing the detail you can get from a machine made mainly out of plywood! 

Thank you Ted for sharing your project and CNC pictures with us!

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