How To CNC: Design, Cut & Engrave a Picture Frame with Vectric Aspire and Amana Tool® CNC Router Bits


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Learn step-by-step as CNC master technician Jeff thoroughly explains each step for designing a picture frame and cutting it on his CaMaster Cobra X3 CNC Machine.

Jeff will use the Vectric Aspire program to design the vectors he later CNC cuts from cherry wood using Amana Tool CNC Router Bits.

Step 1
Insert Spoilboard CNC Router Bit no. RC-2248 planes the surface

Step 2
Solid Carbide Spiral Plunge Router Bit no. 46321 rough cuts the material for the next tool

Step 3
ZrN Coated, Solid Carbide Spiral Ball Nose Router Bit no. 46282 carves the frame pattern Jeff designed in Aspire

Step 4
Carbide Tipped 60° V-Groove Router Bit no. 45705 engraves the letters into the frame

Step 5
Jeff again uses the Plunge Router Bit no. 46321 to cut out the picture frame

CNC Feed, Speed & Step Down Technical Information:

1-1/2” Diameter Insert Spoilboard/Surfacing Amana Tool Router Bit No. RC-2248

Feed Rate (IPM): 100"
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.003"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.063"

1/4” Diameter Solid Carbide Spiral Flute Plunge Up-Cut Amana Tool Router Bit No. 46321
Feed Rate (IPM): 100" 
Speed (RPM): 18,000 
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.003"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.125”

1/16” Diameter Solid Carbide Ball Nose Spiral ZrN Coated Up-Cut Amana Tool Router Bit No. 46282
Feed Rate (IPM): 100" 
Speed (RPM): 18,000 
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.001"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.125”

60° V-Groove Carbide Tipped Amana Tool Router Bit No. 45705
Feed Rate (IPM): 100" 
Speed (RPM): 18,000 
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.003"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.020” 

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Tools Used in Video:

- Amana Tool RC-2248 Mini Insert Spoilboard Surfacing, Rabbeting, Flycutter, Slab Leveler & Surface Planer 1-1/2 D x 12mm (15/32) CH x 1/4 Inch SHK Router Bit

- Amana Tool 46321 SC Spiral 2 Flute Plunge 1/4 D x 1-1/4 CH x 1/4 SHK x 3 Inch Long 2 Flute Up-Cut Router Bit

- Amana Tool 46282 CNC 2D and 3D Carving 5.4 Deg Tapered Angle Ball Nose x 1/16 D x 1/32 R x 1 CH x 1/4 SHK x 3 Inch Long x 4 Flute SC ZrN Coated Upcut Router Bit

- Amana Tool 45705 Carbide Tipped V Groove 60 Deg x 1/2 D x 5/8 CH x 1/4 Inch SHK Router Bit

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