CNC Sign Making in Carbon Fiber with Amana Tool® Spektra™ Coated Router Bits Video


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  1. The methods illustrated here are only intended for use with a CNC Machine.
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We asked David and Katharina von den Driesch from Design by KD if they would like to work with us on producing a sign making video. Cutting the Spektra™ logo into carbon fiber would provide useful insight into material challenges.

‘We were delighted when ToolsToday asked us to produce this video, as our business started purely as a hobby and we were proud that our contributions to the ToolsToday community were rated so highly”, said David.

First, David glued the custom blue colored, 1/16” thick carbon fiber sheet to the 3/4" thick plywood. He uses a variety of Solid Carbide Engraving, Composite, Compression Spiral, Down Spiral and V-Groove Router Bits to produce this sign. Full details on CNC running parameters and item numbers can be viewed below.

Spektra™ bits feature a nACo® nanocomposite coating with an extreme nanohardness and heat resistance. With a brilliant, distinctively-tinted coloring, nACo provides additional improvements in critical aspects of router tooling which results in extreme tool longevity and cuts of the highest quality. ToolsToday Provided Product.

Final sign dimensions: 24" x 8" x 3/4"

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Feed, Speed, Chip Load & Step Down CNC Running Parameters

30° x 1/4" Dia. x 0.005" Tip Width Solid Carbide Spektra™ Coated Engraving and Sign Making Router Bit No. 45771-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 90
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.005"
Ramp Down IPM: 45 1/4" Dia.

Carbon Fiber Cutting Solid Carbide Spektra™ Coated CNC Router Bit No. 46264-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 200
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down IPM: 100

1/8" Dia. Carbon Fiber Cutting Solid Carbide Spektra™ Coated CNC Router Bit No. 46260-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 300
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.004"
Ramp Down IPM: 150

1/16" Dia. Solid Carbide Spiral Plunge for Plywood, MDF & Laminate - Spektra™ Coated Router Bit No. 46237-K
Note: Used for cleaning up plywood edges
Feed Rate (IPM): 100
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down IPM: 50

1/4" Dia. Compression Spiral Solid Carbide Spektra™ Coated CNC Router Bit No. 46170-K
Note: Cutting plywood perimeter
Feed Rate (IPM): 40
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.001"
Ramp Down IPM: 20

90° x 1/4” Dia Solid Carbide V-Groove Router Bit No. 45625
Note: Chamfering edge of carbon fiber
Feed Rate (IPM): 45
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down IPM: 20


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