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#1 itg

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 09:05 PM


Hey all, I'm new to the slingshot world, just thought I'd introduce myself here! I've recently starting to make my own slingshot designs (not including the natural yew fork I made when I was 12)...

My question is, are CNC milling machines a common tool for makers here? I've been working at a cnc milling shop for a while now. Just curious about the application for this particular hobby to produce slingshot frames. I look forward to learning more as I read all the great content on here. Would appreciate any thoughts and input.

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 09:42 PM

They aren't common but I use one a lot.


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Posted 21 July 2016 - 09:45 PM

They aren't common but I use one a lot.


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What type? Also, what materials and software do you use?

Thanks a bunch.

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 09:46 PM

They aren't common but I use one a lot.


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What type? Also, what materials and software do you use?

Thanks a bunch.

Mine are mostly open source machines, they are converted Chinese machines. More cnc routers than a turret machine.


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Posted 22 July 2016 - 09:30 AM

They aren't common but I use one a lot.


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X2, I also use one for my slingshots.

 

I think most people make their slingshots using the tools / procces they know / handle better.

 

In my case, I use CAD 3D software for the designs and visualization, then CNC router to cut the material, then I fhinish them by hand.

 

Cheers!



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Posted 22 July 2016 - 11:13 AM

As i read this and stare at my hand tools.. my belly drops and i wonder.. where has mah country gernn!? Lol

#7 itg

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:43 PM

Here are my first two.

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:56 PM

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#9 Ocky

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 08:37 AM

Hello itg,

 

Yes, I do use a CNC (desktop) to make my slingshots.

Basically, I use DeltaCad for design/clone the pattern desired.  It will output a dxf file which I then

import into CamBam which will output G-code for the CNC router.  I use Mach3 to actually cut out

the pattern.

 

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 08:48 AM

I used to have unlimited access two a giant CNC. I never really missed it until I got slingshots.

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:05 AM

I've always thought you're taking the skill out of something by making a machine do it. I know there is alot of skill involved with setting up the machines and programming them (yes I am a total computer buff, check out my technical terms :D hahaha) but as a wood worker it's a joy to watch someone make something with there hands that may have a few imperfections here and there, that's what gives it character and makes it unique.
Just my opinion on it that's all and having said that I to get my metal cores cut out by cnc machines so there is some use for them in the slingshot world I think :)

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 11:06 AM

I use a desktop inc "Carvey" and a larger one. i own both. 






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