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Offline snug dog

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Another 1911 grip request
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:04:47 AM »
I must have searched the internetz for three months trying to find a file that I can load into Meshcam and make grips for my 1911.  I have tried bmp files converted to vectors in Inkscape.  IGS files, STL files, DXF files, and so on.  Each one comes real close, but I can never get a viable tool path generated because of the odd angles.  I have even tried, and continue to try, to build my own in Autodesk Inventor, but as of yet have not gotten the fillets correct.

I have tried about every file I could find so far, but no luck.  So, has anyone got a file out there, or can anyone point me to a file, that is accurate and useable by Meshcam?  Or maybe g code for Mach 3 post?

Also, how does one get the checkering drawn into a cad file?  I really haven't gotten to the point of experimenting with that yet and hope someone can share their methods and shortcuts to save me a bunch of trial and error.

I imagine there are lots of folks out there with cnc routers and mills that would like to try their hand at making their own grips.

Thanks
Dan


Offline snug dog

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Re: Another 1911 grip request
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2014, 09:20:16 AM »
Thanks for the link.  Now to get the stl file Meshcam and get less that a 10 hr. time estimate for cutting the grip!   :o

Would you use a single flute v type cutter to engrave the checkering or a very small end mill?

Offline touchracing

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Re: Another 1911 grip request
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2014, 05:26:36 AM »
The grips I have cut I use a 1/32 ball nose end mill for checkering. Also you only need to go .010 deep.

Offline snug dog

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Re: Another 1911 grip request
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2014, 09:10:22 AM »
1/32!  wow.  But .010 isn't bad for a little bitty cutter.

Thanks for the tip.