Mark and Toru, our profs, arranged this field trip to visit 4-pli (a studio) that has a 3-axis CNC milling machine. Basically it can mill just about anything.
The smallest drill-bit used on this machine.
Serious vaccuums to suck excess dust and debris from this machine.
This is Mastercam, an application, that simulates the machine milling your 3-D design before it mills. I wish this was a screensaver.
The blue material on the bed is styrofoam. When the milling machine is turned on, the bed sucks the air out so that the styrofoam can not move during the process.
Drill bits that are primarily used for undercutting.
This is the interface for this machine. You can see the X, Y, and Z values on this screen.
It goes through two passes. The first pass is rough because it uses a larger drill bit. The second pass is smoother because if uses a smaller drill bit. This is the finished design. If you look at the Mastercam photo, you will see this design on the screen.
Our assignment is to create a surface that can be milled in Maya using dynamics and applying different force fields to manipulate the plane.