Engraving with the cheap 30 degree engraving bits (.2 mm point) available at Amazon - very cheap. Using V-Carve tool path, engraving at .003" per pass, and setting the flat bottom at .01" total DOC at 40-50" IPM. Each coin takes about an hour per side but I “walk away” and let it run. Then, they coins are sanded with 100, 400 then 2000. Then, buff on buffing wheel. Then, cleaned in paint thinner, then soap and water. Then, soaked in brass darkening solution. Then, lightly sanded with 2000 so the recesses stay stained.
Exceptionally nice! What are you using for your blanks?
Thanks for sharing.
4 x 12" x .25" thick brass bar stock. Face mill each side down .03" prior to engraving, that way, I know the engraving bit will finish the coin with no low or high spots. The coin or medal comes out to be about .1875" thick. After the first side is engraved, I profile it, sand off the tabs and insert it into an aluminum jig to do the other side. The aluminum jig has a set screw on the side to hold the coin tight. The set screw leaves a mark, but sands off nicely.
Very nice! You say 0.003" DOC - is that depth per pass and/or total depth of the engraving? What’s the final depth?
Thanks - (I Edited the post) - .003" per pass and setting the bottom at .01" total DOC.
What do you use to cut out the outside profile?
Where do you buy your brass stock? Everyplace I have looked is pretty expensive.
Typically a .125" viper two flute. A couple of these, I experimented with a .25" viper two flute, which is a little noisier, but I think it might last longer than the smaller bit and seems to provide a slightly better finish… but that could be because it is new.
Discount Steel downtown Minneapolis. I bought an 8 ft piece and cut it down on my bandsaw. 8 ft (.25" thick, 4" wide) was about $200 there.
That is a really good price, 1/2 of what I have been quoted.
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This is something I have wanted to do for a while now. Well done! Your coins came out phenomenal.
If that’s the place off of 24th and Hiawatha, I grew up in that neighborhood and was baptized in the church with the really tall steeple you can see right nearby… It brought a smile to my face when you posted the name.
You’ve definitely inspired me to go ahead and give this a try. I’ve been wanting to for a while, but this was the push I needed! Great work and thanks for the tips on the run parameters!
That is great work. I think you may be using the same cheapie amazon bits I’m using, lol. I never thought to try them on metal, though. How are you getting the toolpath marks off the pockets? Are you blasting them?
It’s off Washington Ave in Nordeast. I used to golf Hiawatha though!
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