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kjetilhansen
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Bits you use

Post by kjetilhansen » Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:41 pm

Hello all :)

I have just completed my custom shapeoko and I have started using it. My big question now is what bits do you use? I want to engrave in aluminum, but there are soo many bits on the market :roll:

I have found this;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10pcs-45-Degree ... 53fe132257

Would this be good for aluminum? :)

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Bits you use

Post by dataway » Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:19 pm

I have used the following bit to do engraving in aluminum, note it is a 1/4" shank and I use a Dewalt DW 660 also drillman1 on eBay is great to deal with and I highly recommend him.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-degree-angle ... 2333cf11a7
Shapeoko 2, Dewalt DW660 1/4" shaft/ 1/8" shaft, 3D printed Dust Shoe,Dual Y Axis.

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Re: Bits you use

Post by kjetilhansen » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:50 pm

Yeah, I only have the original spindle that came with the Shapeoko... But I am ready to upgrade now that I saw how well it works :) But don't know what to buy.. I was looking at Kress, but I see alot of you use DeWalt and Makita, but I belive I read in this forum that the DeWalt you use was US only (110V) and in Norway we use 230...

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Re: Bits you use

Post by RobCee » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:27 am

Kress are very good for use as a CNC spindle and have a range of usefully sized high precision collets too.
For bits, even with the generic spindle, you want solid carbide 1/8" (3.175mm) shank. For engraving you would go for a 90, 60, 45, or 30 degree cutter (depending how deep or fine you want to cut). You can also engrave with rotary burrs, but I have no experience of that (yet).

There are lots of inexpensive sellers from China who supply decent milling cutters on eBay. Buy five or ten at a time as they always blunt/break when you need them! I can dig out the guy I used later if you need a reference.
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Re: Bits you use

Post by WillAdams » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:10 am

There is a section in the wiki for this: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... #End_mills

Includes vendors, including specific eBay sellers as well as a few specific bits.
Shapeoko 3XL #0006 w/Makita RT0701 Router w/0.125″ and ¼″ Elaire precision collets
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Re: Bits you use

Post by RobCee » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:55 pm

This is the Non-US guy I used for bits: SuperWorkshop Bitworld
Shipping can be fast, I had most of my bits within a week, but the remaining two bits took three weeks to arrive.

If you buy from domestic suppliers there are bits available for cutting specific materials, such as plastics and aluminium as well as wood. These are much better, but come at a price. For what I am doing at present, these bits are basically disposable and I can buy 10-20 of them for the price of a decent domestic one here in the UK.
ShapeOko2 #3400 - Chinese 800W AC Spindle - Stiffened X-Axis - TR10 Z-Axis - Inverted Z Motor - Hall Effect Limits - Drag Chains & Custom Brackets

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Re: Bits you use

Post by kjetilhansen » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:35 pm

Perfect guys :)

I found out that my father had a Bosch 600 ACE spindle that I "borrowed". I can't use it yet, since I don't have any bits for it, but I ordered the engraving tool shown in this thread, and I am waiting on a shipping quote on a 1/4 collet (It originally came with a 6mm collet).
I wish there was a collet so I could use the size tools that came with the machine (dremel size...)

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Re: Bits you use

Post by WillAdams » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:52 pm

Very cool. I really like using the metal spacers under the (not-quite) universal spindle mounts --- added a link on the technique to the wiki.
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Re: Bits you use

Post by dataway » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:20 pm

Very nice ... Good luck and post some of your completed engraving work when you get that complete I would like to see it.
Shapeoko 2, Dewalt DW660 1/4" shaft/ 1/8" shaft, 3D printed Dust Shoe,Dual Y Axis.

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