One common project in my school’s Honors Engineering course was to make inlays with our Techno CNC Router. Like so –
Basically, we took a CAD file and separated it into two halves – a base with pockets to inlay material into and inserts that nested in the base. The results could be quite stunning when a project was well executed!
Back in January I made the Intel logo for my Honors Engineering midterm:
To start I needed a base, and to make the base so I used the Raster to Vector function in Mastercam, and pocketed out my newly born vector/dwg file. I used a piece of oak for this first part.
Next off, I took the outside of the chain and gave it a 200th of an inch offset inwards, in order for my inlayed pieces to fit! This time with some Cherry:
The next logical step was is to sand the cherry to be flush with the oak, and hope that the sawdust will fill in any unintentional cracks or outlines This surely did the trick, after I had a nice smoothly sanded surface, I applied many many coats of polyurethane and admired my work.
I’ve even reverse engineered the cutouts for a drop-through truck on my Omen Pike Longboard, and make what I call a Pike-Plug to covert the drop deck into a topmount board
Another inlay of mine was a nameplate for my spanish teacher, Sr. Rameriez
And here’s an Android logo, done with hardwood and polycarbonate, backlit with Green LEDs-