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Has anyone had a template made buy a laser cutter or CNC? As you can tell it is all new to me but if reasonably priced it would be well worth it. I recently engraveved free hand a piece that took 4 hours when you add up all of the pre and post routing. There was too much detail for me to make a "usable" template but if I had a template, routing time wouldn't be but maybe 20 minutes. I assume all they would need would be the artwork?

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Some, but not all, CNC shops can scan and convert the scanned image to artwork. They might have to clean up the image. For this there would be an origination/conversion charge. Other shops require the drawing converted to a CAD format such as Autocad DXF. Best to enquire.

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Thanks Phil, I've been googling steady since I've posted and have found only one CNC shop online. I would guess that there are thousands but I haven't found them. The template to be made is basically a logo with a little design. I emailed them but would like more hooks in the water

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Hi Jim, have you tried yellow pages for your area?........

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Has anyone had a template made buy a laser cutter or CNC? As you can tell it is all new to me but if reasonably priced it would be well worth it. I recently engraveved free hand a piece that took 4 hours when you add up all of the pre and post routing. There was too much detail for me to make a "usable" template but if I had a template, routing time wouldn't be but maybe 20 minutes. I assume all they would need would be the artwork?
Try posting in the CNC routing section. It may be possible for some one to create a template for you.

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Hi Jim,

Send me an email or PM with details of what you need and I can give you and estimate for a set of templates to cut your project.

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I have a CNC and made templates before. The biggest time is getting "artwork" into a vector graphic and then create a cutting path. Some people are faster at it. The Vectric V-Carve and Aspire software is supposed to do that very easily. I covet it, but don't have it.

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I have access to a Laser at school. I avoid it. I prefer to cut my templates out using my Hegner scroll saw. I use Lexan so I can see through my templates. The Lexan cause gas problems with the Laser. I CAD my designs and stick them onto the Lexan.
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