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Picture frame: basic CNC instruction videos.

The first lesson in the DeskProto Tutorial book explains the DeskProto basics using this Picture frame geometry. When machining a first 3D part it is of course nice to make a part that you can indeed use: this frame can be used to display any picture, either for your own use or as a gift.
It's nice floral design can only be achieved using real 3D CAM, and when machined in a wood with a nice grain the result will be beautiful.

1. Picture frame geometry

DeskProto screenshot showing this picture frame geometry
The picture frame relief has been created for DeskProto by Todd Bailey of 4m3d.com


This relief is a custom model for DeskProto users: it can be downloaded free of charge: dp-pictureframe-files.zip (870 KB), and it is present in the Setup of each DeskProto (trial) version.

This ZIP file contains two STL files: the picture frame in mm (133 x 183 mm, for a 10x15 cm photo), and the frame in inches (5.2 x 7.2", for a 4x6" photo). It is easy to adapt the frame to any picture size that you need as in DeskProto you can independently scale along X, Y and Z.


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2. One-sided machining video

Tutorial video that shows how to machine this frame from ONE side, using the Basic 3D wizard   (16.5 min)


The Picture frame Tutorial 1 video shows how to create a simple frame by machining from one side. You can see how to use the Basic 3D wizard in DeskProto to create the toolpaths, how to fine-tune the wizard's settings, how to fixture the material on the machine, the actual machining, and the result.
The material used in this video is red cedar wood.


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3. Two-sided machining video

Tutorial video that shows how to machine this frame from two sides, using wizard "Two sides, manual flip"   (19 min)


The Picture frame Tutorial 2 video shows how to create a complete frame by machining from two sides: in the back-side of the frame a cavity is machined, meant for glass, the picture and a piece of cardboard.
You can see how to use the DeskProto wizard "Two sides, manual flip" to create the toolpaths, how to fine-tune the wizard's settings, how to fixture the material on the machine, the actual machining, and the result.
The material used in this video is red cedar wood.


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4. Results showcase for the picture frame

Machined from one side, in red cedar wood
Machined from two sides, in red cedar wood
Two frames in red cedar wood

Two picture frames, both in red cedar, created when producing these videos.


Machining in plain pine wood
The result in pine
A frame in plain pine wood

A picture frame in simple pine wood. The result looks nice too, however in this cheap wood the resulting frame will tend to be warped.




Email us a photo of the picture frame that you created so we can add that to the list of results !
(in case you want with a link to your website).
It will be interesting to see which machines are used, which cutters, and also which fixtures for three sided ring machining.