Hi, everyone! I could use a little help with some very small engraving.
A friend of a client has been using someone in another state to carve leather stamps from handwritten messages. They would like to switch to someone local and I’ve offered my services.
Here’s a sample of one they’ve had made previously:
The stamp is 3"x2". That’s a quarter on top. The depth of cut is about 1/16". I’m 95% sure it’s made from HDPE, which is what I’ve been running my tests on.
The rough pass comes out nice and clean. (The texture you see is exaggerated by the lighting and scale.)
On the detail pass, however, the V-bit appears to be cutting away too much material, leaving the letters way too narrow. I believe the surface is a little cleaner than the following images make them look (it’s very difficult to light this material for photos), but you can see that the plateaus are too skinny:
I’m using my Z-probe before each pass and both passes are cutting to the correct depth of .06". I have my V-bit settings entered as 30 degrees with a .125" width. Different feed rates appear to make no difference.
The preview in Easel Pro looks correct, so I don’t believe it’s a problem with the file:
Are there any settings I should double check? Is there a better bit for this job? Should I continue to attempt this with Easel Pro or should I switch to something designed more specifically for V-carving?
Turning down this job is not an option, as it is a potentially budget-altering opportunity. So, I appreciate any and all help.