CNC Service Bureaus

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patlaw

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In the latest issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, author Tim Celeski recommends finding a local CNC Service Bureau that will use their large-format CNC machine to make woodworking templates from MDF. There is an older article at the link below. Is there such a service in the Raleigh area? There are quite a few CNC facilities, not none mentions wood or MDF that I can find. It would be awesome to have some MDF templates for router projects.

[h=2]Easy Entry Digital Woodworking — Preparing Patterns for an Outside CNC Service[/h]
 

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Robb Parker

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Not in Raleigh area, but Denver, NC. We have a industrial 4x10 Homag router and cut MDF and ply/veneers.
 

patlaw

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Not in Raleigh area, but Denver, NC. We have a industrial 4x10 Homag router and cut MDF and ply/veneers.
Robb, what are the name and contact information for your company? I don't have an immediate need as I need to learn some new software. Do you have a recommendation? The author likes Rhino3D, but it's $1000 (unless there's a deal for a hobbyist.)
 

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In the latest issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, author Tim Celeski recommends finding a local CNC Service Bureau that will use their large-format CNC machine to make woodworking templates from MDF. There is an older article at the link below. Is there such a service in the Raleigh area? There are quite a few CNC facilities, not none mentions wood or MDF that I can find. It would be awesome to have some MDF templates for router projects.

Easy Entry Digital Woodworking — Preparing Patterns for an Outside CNC Service
I've done this for a few people on my 4' x 8' CNC machine. I use Vectric software for design, and you don't need to buy the expensive software for CNC design to do your templates. I can import a lot of different file formats, and recommend you create what you need in a vector software package (vector files can be scaled up/down without loss of quality) so that we can easily scale as needed. There are plenty of free vector design software out there.
 

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Robb Parker

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Mike,
Heritage Woodwright, 5851 Balsom Ridge Road, Suite F, Denver, NC 28037.

We use Mozaik as out CAD/CAM software. Design to machine, auto generates g-code. Price point is good.

Website in signature line.
 
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Dave Richards

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Mike, since you're already using SketchUp, you could stick with that. Vectric, a common source for CNC software has programs that can import SketchUp files directly for creating toolpaths. There are a few different extensions for SketchUp that can create toolpath files as well.

You might find the Opendesk site of interest. They started as a way to connect people with CNC makers. They have a range of plywood furniture designs that you can send to your local CNC shop for manufacture and they have a sort of clearing house for CNC makers. I haven't looked through their list lately but perhaps they have someone near enough.
 

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My sign partner uses Corel for 95% of design work, it's not free but not that expensive.


This link talks about some different options: https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-adobe-illustrator-alternatives

Inkscape is the one I hear the most about. I've not used any myself since I use the Vectric software as it came with my CNC. They have a basic version of their software called Cut2D that starts $150 (max size 24x24")
Can you take Corel files directly?
 
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