Hobby CNC Milling Projects

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Hobby CNC Milling Projects
Business signage is one of the many items that can be designed and produced by a CNC machine. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Machines used for milling have captured the attention of hobbyists who desire to broaden their skills. These milling machines are programmed via computers, and the power of advanced digital technology allow creation of delicate details in hobby CNC milling projects. These machines are becoming more popular for hobbyists who want to create decorative plaques, or mill custom parts for other hobbies, such as firearms or RC vehicles.

Gun Smithing

For the firearm enthusiast, firearms can be built, or modified by hobbyists with the help of CNC machines. When used in gun smithing, CNC technology offers a perfect combination of accuracy and production at very high speed. Gun owners expand their enjoyment in this exciting hobby due to the enhancement of CNC technology. Various CNC machines can be programmed via computer interface to create new and replacement parts for collectable guns, as well as creating custom stocks for a gun owner's favourite firearms.

Decorative Wooden Plaques

CNC milling machines are used to also make projects like decorative plaques and wooden projects as well. Using the router attachment on a CNC machine, genuine works of art can be created. The CNC machines operate on 3 axises, which means that detailed plaques can be created which includes depth control on the routed design. Plaques can be carved with a company's logos or any other art work. Clocks, intricate gears, window frames, even cabinet doors can be designed with the help of the CNC milling technology.

Business Signage

Special CNC wood and plastic carving signage technology is now available on the CNC machines. Signs which used to be laid out, and routed by hand can now be programmed into a CNC machine, and designed with ease. The design depth, lettering, numbers and graphic images are part of the CNC blueprint program. With the help of these machines, graphic designs can be cut into a diverse selection of materials to create durable business signage.

RC Vehicle Customization

In a manner similar to CNC machining of firearm parts, the machines are also being extensively used for customising RC cars, planes and other competitive hobby vehicles. Hobby enthusiast can take their basic RC vehicle, and design and build custom parts to enhance the model's appearance, or performance. The basic vehicle parts, such as the bodies, axles, and drive train parts can be custom made on a CNC machine. Propellers for aeroplanes are also easily designed with a CNC milling machine. By using a CNC machine, hobbyists can mill high performance, lighter weight parts for their favourite vehicle.

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