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I just typed ‘3-axis CNC machine’ in the Google-Images search field to get an idea, but it was like expected.
For my curiosity, in what formats (.obj, .STL, .3DS) can you export to machines like that?
The file types that can be used to create 3D tool paths depend on the tool path software you have. I just bought the entry level ArtCAM Express to expand my current 3D machining capabilites. As far as 3D models, it’s able to tool path obj, stl, 3ds, 3dm, 3da, 3dp, u3d, rlf, & dmt. It’ll also handle 20+ 2D raster & vector files.
The (very) simplified process goes like this:
Open a new job in ArtCAM - Bring in your 2D or 3D model - create your tool paths - save the tool path(s) G-Code to a file - load that G-Code file onto the CNC machine control computer - load the material to be routed in to the machine - then run the G-Code.
Voila! You have something you can sell on Etsy!