I once saw a few years ago an app in Windows 3.11 that operated a
glass engraver to replicate an on-screen design. Does anyone know of
software and hardware that will allow me to create a shape onscreen
then have a bandsaw/jigsaw cut out the shape for me please?
The material will only be thick card or thin ply, nothing heavy duty,
You might find the stuff at http://www.precisecut.com useful for
this size range. I have a local acquaintance who uses their
DeskMaster 1420 to cut veneer. You can see that machine at
I have a ShopBot PRT-96 (96" x 48" x 6") with a 5hp Colombo
spindle capable of this kind of work. On the ShopBot forum
(http://www.talkshopbot.com ) earlier in the week I saw a PRT-48
(48" x 48" x 6") with software, computer, monitor, and controller
(but without router spindle) being offered for sale used at
US$2K. If you were to install a small trim router or laser
cutter, it might do a truly "gee-whiz" job for you - and allow
room to set up multiple/larger workpieces.
Depending on the thickness of card you may be able to get away with a sign
cutting machine, some use rotating bits, others use swiveling blades. If
you want to go the DIY route there are plenty of inexpensive CNC home
However, unless you are going to buy a commercial package, be prepared for a
steep learning curve.
If you need links to self build CNC sites contact me off list.
Depending on how deep you need to cut and how deep your pockets are a
Versalaser might do the job for you <http://www.versalaser.com .
Unfortunately their site is not very rich in useful information about its
capabilities--lots of "gee whiz you can make stuff that looks like this"
but not much on "will cut through x inches of Peruvian walnut in a single
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