Aluminum Snowflake CNC Project Using Amana Tool® Solid Carbide CNC Router Bits

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Watch as we create aluminum snowflakes to be used as a wind chime or holiday decoration from 3/16" thick aluminum using Amana Tool® industrial solid carbide and insert solid carbide CNC router bits.

Andy Glass from Glass Impressions sands three sheets of 24" x 24" aluminum to even out the imperfections before painting them crimson red, gold and hunter green. 3M double-sided tape holds down the aluminum to the machine.

Step 1.
Amana's 60° V-Tip Solid Carbide Insert Knife #RCK-380, mounted to 1/4" shank In-Groove™ CNC tool body #RC-1075, engraves the names into the aluminum.

Step 2.
Amana's 1/4" dia. Solid Carbide Spiral 'O' Flute with Mirror Finish Aluminum Cutting CNC Router Bit #51402 makes the profile cuts for the different snowflake patterns.

Step 3.
Using a chisel, Andy removes the snowflakes and prepares them for hanging.

Feed, Speed, Chip Load & Step Down Technical Information:

60° V-Tip Solid Carbide Insert Knife #RCK-380
Feed Rate (IPM): 5"
Speed (RPM): 24,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.0002"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.0313"

1/4" Dia. Solid Carbide Spiral 'O' Flute with Mirror Finish Aluminum Cutting CNC Router Bit #51402
Feed Rate (IPM): 20"
Speed (RPM): 10,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.0625"

Aluminum Snowflake CNC Project Using Amana Tool Solid Carbide & Insert Solid Carbide CNC Router Bits, by ToolsToday.

Primer and paints can be found in the Andy Glass Amazon Store here:

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Tools Used in Video:

- Amana Tool RCK-380 Solid Carbide Insert 60 Deg x 0.005 Inch V Tip Width Engraving Knife for In-Groove System

- Amana Tool RC-1075 CNC In-Groove Insert Engraving Tool Body 1/4 Inch SHK x 2-1/2 Inch Long

- Amana Tool 51402 SC Spiral O Single Flute, Aluminum Cutting 1/4 D x 5/8 CH x 1/4 SHK x 2 Inch Long Up-Cut Router Bit with Mirror Finish

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