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Make a folded panel sign tray on a CNC router

Make a folded panel sign tray on a CNC router

In this tutorial we will show you how to produce a simple folded panel out of aluminium composite material that can then be used in the stencil cut area of the panel.

If we used thicker acrylic you could get a nice pronounced, pushed through look for your logo being applied to the rear of your panel. In this instance we used only 3mm acrylic and 3mm composite (you should use thicker dibond for structural integrity).

Lets start off as we normally do with the setup of V Carve (this tutorial assumes you are using V Carve to apply your toolpaths).

Step 1

Prepare your project in Vectric V Carve Pro or your favourite CAD drawing package such as AutoCAD or CorelDraw.

Before we start anything we need to prepare the settings for the job in V Carve Pro (this is material dependant, such as thickness and the size of your material to be used).

Job Type: This would be single sided – no need to process this job on the flip side of your material.

Job Size: What size is your piece of material? The sheet we are using is 915 x 610 mm with a thickness of 3mm.

Z Zero Position: This is where the machine takes its Z height from – we chose material surface.

XY Datum Position: You have the option to pick where the job starts on the material and use an offset should you wish to. Here we have picked the bottom-left.

Design Scaling: This option is not required in this project.

Modeling Resolution: This is the resolution that the 3D representation uses in demo and toolpath previews. You can view your project in 3D and check for any errors on your drawing.

Appearance: This is purely there to give you a basic representation of the material you will be cutting – or near enough as.


Step 2

Pick and apply toolpaths.

In this step we choose the relevant tools that we will use for each type of toolpath that we will be using. We will use a v-bit and an aluminium cutting tool for this job.

our tool selection:
We are using a 12mm diameter v-bit (90 deg) tool for cutting the folds into our material.

As for the drills into the four corners of the folds and profile cut we are using a 3mm cutter specifically for dibond and aluminium.

Speed and feed rates have been set using the recommended parameters from the tool manufacturer.

As you can see we are using only two tools in this job, V bit for the folds then the end mill (3mm diam) for the profile outline cut and the logo. This is for the composite panel but we will use a different tool for the acrylic. Which is shown below after the dibond toolpath settings.

Aluminium Composite Toolpath Settings

Please look at the following screenshots to get a feel for how we have set this particular job up for processing on the CNC machine.

V groove toolpath settings
Drill hole settings
Logo profile settings

Acrylic Panel (logo) Toolpath Settings

What type of tool was used for the acrylic?

We used the following tool with relevant settings applied in the toolpath section of V Carve:

Job setup
Material setup
Pocket toolpath settings
Profile toolpath settings
Step 3

Process your material on the CNC router.

Follow your usual CNC workflow on the machine that you have.

Want to download the V Carve file? No problem, just click the buttom at the bottom of this page to download the project file for you to use in your projects.

Software used in this tutorial is Vectric Aspire (same applies for V Carve Pro).


There you have it, you now know how to use your CNC router to make a folded panel sign tray.