How to make a Shop Sign (with Robots)
I really like the way kiss-cut-vinyl stickers look for the type of logo I have, so I wanted to replicate that for a shop sign that I could hang on the wall. Using the CNC and vinyl cutter, I made a light up shop sign using acrylic, MDF, far too much spray paint and vinyl.
They work similar to a plotter (and can be used with various markers to simulate that), but on a fundamental level aren’t much different from any typical CNC out there
- The X axis slides back and forth on a linear rail, driven by a timing belt
- The Y axis pulls the vinyl (or paper) back and forth
- The Z axis lowers the cutter (drag knife) down to the surface
Unlike typical hobby grade CNCs, these don’t use grbl or standard g-code, you need to use their included, propriety software which in the case of Silhouette is the unfortunate Silhouette Studio.