3D CNC Carved Patriotic Eagle

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 06-03-2013 09:56 PM 4202 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Custom CNC carved eagle plaque by Dana Osterman aka The SignSmith with hand detail including burning and acrylic tinting by Artisans of the Valley. This is the first experimental 3D carving using new software and a few machine upgrades. We’re testing our new software and will be offering a custom line of carvings very soon!

The plan is to setup a configuration that’s easily adaptable for different logos or organizations in the top banner and different sayings in the bottom banner. We’ll also be able to swap out the AR-15 for a Brown Bess or perhaps a Kentucky rifle. The setup will be reasonably modular so we can provide a product line on demand for fund raisers.

We’re planning to expand this out into a line of wildlife carvings done as limited edition CNC “prints” from an original detailed hand carving or from original CNC patterns.

The last image is the 3D rendering before carving … we have a few tweaks to make to this. The lettering needs to be deeper or a different bit in the top banner. We have to deepen the feathers a bit against the shield. We also have to emphasize the stripes on the shield and there are supposed to be stars, the got faded out. We’ll get those details updated and have another carving later this week.

Keep tabs we have a lot of ideas for this new technology. We can also span into 3D printing, banners, embroidery, etc through our affiliates with the single original vector file. Technology is pretty cool!

This took very little cleanup by hand and we’re working on some machine tricks to eliminate almost all the sanding. The burning I did in about a half an hour on this scale, the larger ones will take a bit longer. We’ll post projects as they are completed!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 10:27 PM

Send me a file I’d like to try it out too. I’m a big fan of little or no sanding my 3 d

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 01:12 AM

Great piece. Love the AR.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 06-04-2013 01:47 AM

I think my CNC guy will be a little possessive of the files for a while! We’re hoping to goto market with this one this summer.

He’s playing with the overlap and the edge angles to help reduce the cleanup – very minimal even on the first run. Apparently if you taper the edge around the angle of the bit tip and overlap instead of doing a 90 degree edge it removes the edge chatter.

- Thanks Max – we still have to catch up on a few projects one of these days!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 06-04-2013 09:09 AM

Going HIGH TECH Eric. Looks good.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 04:32 PM

Very nice.

-- Todd

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