December 13, 2016

Project - CNC Superman logos

We recently had my son's birthday party and he wanted a Superman theme so I decided to make some Superman logos.  5 smaller ones to give out as prizes and 1 big one to hang in his room.

I checked the prices at my local Lowes and it was around $8 for a 2' x 2' x 1/4" plywood panel.  I checked the full sheet plywood area and found a 4' x 8' x 1/4" sheet for just under $16.  I had them cut the sheet down the middle on the 4' length, then stack the 2 pieces together, and cut those in half.  This left me with 4 - 2' x 4' pieces.  I took those home and cut them in half so that I ended up with 8 - 2' x 2' panels.

I have an X-Carve CNC machine made by Inventables.  I found a black and white Superman logo on the web and imported it into their free Easel software.  I resized the logo to make 5 - 6" x 8" logos and 1 - 16.5" x 22" logo.  Make sure to rotate the logos to make them upside down and don't just flip them on the horizontal axis.  I made 2 copies.  1 with the "S" cutout and 1 without.

I cutout all the smaller "S" logos first followed by the large one last.  I then cutout all the backer shield pieces in the same manner.

Once everything was cutout I took the backer shield pieces outside and spray painted them a bright yellow.  The paint had a little trouble sticking to the plywood so I sprayed the "S" pieces with a flat black and let it dry for an hour or so.  I then followed that with a coat of bright red.

Once everything was completely dry I took them back inside and hot glued them together as it was getting late and the party was going to start soon.  They were a big hit!

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