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"

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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Military Memorials by James Patton

If you have been keeping up with our Newsletters and Shop Notes post you will be familiar with the name James Patton.  James has been a steady contributor of finished pieces and his work is scattered all over We always love to see what he has been upto and can't wait to share it with all of you.

Over the last week or so James has been very busy working with the Lest We Forget No.1 CNC priject, models from his collection of Design and Make projects and clipart he purchased from  

Army Veteran Plaque 

The first project we would like to highlight is a wonderful hack he made and finished using models from two of our CNC Projects:

"Here’s one I carved out of oak to hang on my wall..Using Lest We Forget No.1 and the ribbon from Nursery Fun No.1."

His layout is a great variation on the project specific hack we created for the Lest We Forget No.1 Project.

Project specific hack for the Lest We Forget No.1 project.

This next hack realy shows off his great eye for choosing models that fit together very naturally.    

Some Gave All - Honor The Fallen - 2nd try and his finished layout. 

Some Gave All - Honor The Fallen - Perfect save!

The first of these 2 layouts was James's second go at it.  This is what he had to say about his first try...

"I loaded the wrong toolpath so I had to change the model up after the roughing."

"The models include Lest We Forget No.1. The cross from the western scenes (collection). Rocks from the wildlife (scenes) collection and the flag I purchased from VectorArt3D. Wish it had turned out better, but changing it mid stream was the best I could do."

James is pretty hard on himself seeing as we thought his first attempt looked just perfect!. Nice save James!

Open book with Lest We Forget's Assembled Layout

His last hack is a wonderful layout and with his choice of models and quote it realy hits home.

"the open book (came from V-Carve's included free clipart) and (uses) the assembly from Lest We Forget No.1"

Another perfect hack... and we love that James used a free model to create such a great layout.

"Thanks for everything you do, couldn’t have done it without your excellent models to begin with."

Thank you James for sharing these amazing tributes to those that are serving and those that we have lost.

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VectorArt3D is a great source of single models to hack into your layouts and it's also a Vectric Company!

Models can be purchased from VectorArt3D as Vectric .V3Ms and work perfectly in VCarve Desktop, VCarve Pro V8 and Aspire.