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#1 posted 07-20-2017 03:03 PM

The picture of the carved jewelry box above posted by DrDirt is perfect example. If I made that on a CNC and gave it to someone, I would never be able to say, “I made this for you” because, to me, that implies I hand carved it.

- EricLew

So, you are saying, if you made a jewelry box and some of the parts of the box were carved on with a CNC, you would present it and say, “Here is something my computer made for you” and you would be ashamed (not proud) of the box?

I feel that the perception of CNC as this tool of cheap mass production parts has somehow limited some people as to the new potential art forms that are opened up by using a CNC. We are doing things we never would have considered possible before CNC machines became more ubiquitous.

If you 3D print a faberge egg… are you an artist?
But at some point, it seems you cross a line, where you are not really in control of the TOOLS… the tool is now doing the work, with little input from the user. A lot of CNC is point and click, it is not as though many are spending days writing computer code.
- DrDirt

BTW, if you can 3D model a faberge egg well enough to 3D print a convincing replica, I would be major impressed and not think one should be “not proud” of that accomplishment.

CNC tools only do precisely what the g-code tells it to do. (The woodworker, with software tools, usually creates the g-code.) If the code is garbage, the result is garbage. If the code is terrific, the result is terrific.

At no time are you NOT explicitly in control of the tools. (Way more so than with conventional tools) It does precisely what you told it to do. There is no creative interpretation by the machine of what you meant it to do. It goes to X, Y, Z coordinates at this feed rate, this spindle speed and with that tool, period. If you make a mistake in the code, you’ve made a mistake in the wood too.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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