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TINKERCAD Workflows – Tricks and Tips for Working with Hex Headed Objects

In this episode we will be looking at tips and tricks for working with hex headed objects for making nuts and bolts as this isn’t as straight forward as it would and will save a ton of time and grief!

3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, Tinkercad, and MakerBot

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3D Modeling and Printing with Tinkercad: Create and Print Your Own 3D Models

by James Floyd Kelly [Que Publishing]
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TINKERCAD Worksflows – Introductions

As in this episode we will be introducing our TINKERCAD workflow series.  This will be a running series where we discuss TINKERCAD workflows and how to get the most from this amazing yet FREE tool!  Also below are the links to the shuttles mentioned in the video, as these must have tools:


by Contour Design [Contour Design]
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Contour ShuttleXpress Input Device,Black

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CNC Tips and Tricks – Cutting Extruded Polystyrene Sheets

So in this episode we are going to look at machining sheets of extruded polystyrene sheets we bought a  couple years back.  This was very cheap verses that of acrylic, however machining is a bit harder as the plastic wants to melt rather than cut.  So what we did was:

1. Use a 1/8″ 2 flute end mill (amzn.to/1LMWEJy)

2. Kicked the speed up to 100 Inches per minute

3. Slowed the spindle down to only 1/3 speed using a speed controller(amzn.to/1GUViXB)


A. Polystyrene

 is a synthetic aromatic polymer made from the monomer styrene. Polystyrene can be solid or foamed. General purpose polystyrene is clear, hard, and rather brittle. It is an inexpensive resin per unit weight. Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics, the scale of its production being several billion kilograms per year. Polystyrene can be naturally transparent, but can be colored with colorants.

As a thermoplastic polymer, polystyrene is in a solid (glassy) state at room temperature but flows if heated above about 100 °C, its glass transition temperature. It becomes rigid again when cooled. This temperature behavior is exploited for extrusion, and also for molding and vacuum forming, since it can be cast into molds with fine detail.

B. Polystyrene features

  •  Excellent light transmittance.
  •  High mechanical strength.
  •  Weather proof
  •  Non-toxic and chemical resistant.
  •  Easily be processed

C. Polystyrene applications

  •  Advertisement: blow molding board, CNC engraving materials, Laser engraving materials, sign board,  light box,  window, logo and mark, etc.
  •  Furniture: office furniture, cabinet, window, etc.
  •  Finishing Material: decorative sheets, storage racks, room segments, etc.

VenTech VTSPEED Variable Dial Router Fan Speed Controller for Duct and Inline Fans

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Autodesk 123D Make Laser Cutting Rocket Model on CNC


In this episode we will show you how take the Rocket model from Autodesk 123D Make and move it into Vectric Cut2D, convert it to gcode and cut it out on the laser.  Again remember safety first when ever using a laser!

If your interested in getting into laser cutting, check out some of the pre-built models like this one which can get you going quickly and easily:

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