Let’s talk about routing aluminum. We’ve done a handful of aluminum projects on our machine but this was the big kahuna: Six sheets of 0.5 inch thick 6061.
Got big bar clamps? So do we. It was time for a solution. In this video we show you how we designed, optimized, machined and assembled our clamp rack in Fusion 360. Download clamp rack plans!
Backups are a dreaded thing until you get on top of it. We have a simple but effective system and thought we’d share how simple it can be.
QR Codes? Yes QR Codes. They are super quick at linking you to a thing that would take much more time to manually enter, such as a URL to a fancy database called Airtable.
Come see how we use these tools to manage our shop.
We recently upgraded our portable tool set – I was shocked to find that while both of my Porter Cable drill & driver had two magnetic tool holders each, the slick new DeWalt had no such feature on either tool. I went looking for solutions.
Super glue and painters tape makes for a wonderful residue-free, super-strong CNC fixturing method. See our guide on how to do this yourself with all the tools necessary.
Inside corners that result in a radius are a commonly overlooked issue when designing a part for machining. As of yet, there isn’t a magic way to cut a corner on a CNC router with a sharp 90º corner. We have some great solutions for this.
Core77 published a great list of ways to lower the cost of your CNC parts. While they describe machining metals most all the concepts are applicable to other materials. We thought it was too good not to share
You're looking for a way to make your idea a reality. You can hire a designer to design and model it for you, but maybe you're on a budget or want to learn a new skill. We at Portland CNC are boot-strappers ourselves and have learned many ways to get something done cost-effectively.