Wooden pens


Hi,
does anyone know a CNC that may carve the wooden cap or body of a pen with images of temples, historic moments, etc. My main interest is to start the production of luxury fountain pens made with hardwoods.
Maybe this is a simple question but I am a novice on this market segment. Any help is welcome.
Best wishes, Miguel
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And wood they work?
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I am going to use only hardwoods like African Blackwood. This specie is very heavy (around 1400 Kg/m3) and very stable when it comes to turning and carving.
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Try a search on engraving machines. There are 3d models which should have enough range of movement.
You need also to determine what images you can legally use.
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my eyes are tired though it said wooden penis........ wouldn't surprise me to see someone making them here!
Funny, not to waste your time!

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Since you're talking about using CNC rather than hand carving, consider using something like the VersaLaser printer.
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Hi Mike,
first of all, thanks for the tip. Yet, it seems to me that the laser option is not viable. From what I have seen and read, this technology is good to engrave words, pictures, etc. But the laser does not produce any carving (relief) on the wood itself. am I wrong?
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You are quite correct. A laser will not do what you want. What you are going to need is a CNC milling machine or router. It will need a full 4th axis to be able to deal with the round body or, if you only go with 3 axis, your carvings will be restricted to very small areas. Plan on $50.000 to $100.000 or more investment and months of training to become productive with it.

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com (in snipped-for-privacy@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com) said:
| Hi, | | does anyone know a CNC that may carve the wooden cap or body of a | pen with images of temples, historic moments, etc. My main interest | is to start the production of luxury fountain pens made with | hardwoods. | | Maybe this is a simple question but I am a novice on this market | segment. Any help is welcome.
Miguel...
Most CNC routers and milling machines with an auxillary axis should be able to do the job - after you finish telling 'em what you want 'em to do. :)
You might also want to check engraving machines - some of the more sophisticated machines may have this capability.
My ShopBot has an auxillary axis (looks like a lathe headstock and tailstock) with a stepper driven chuck instead of a continuously turning lathe motor. It might be a bit more of a job than you've imagined, however.
You're invited to visit the ShopBot forum and search the archives for past discussions on this kind of project - and to ask questions.
Neither I nor most of the forum participants have any relationship with ShopBot other than as (mostly) happy customers.
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