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.
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?
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.
| 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
| Maybe this is a simple question but I am a novice on this market
| segment. Any help is welcome.
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
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
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.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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