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Proof of Concept images and laser cut kits

Hello, this is Sarah from makeCNC.

I wanted to let you know about something Wonderful and very Helpful that makeCNC is doing right now. We have already begun the process of putting up “Proof of Concept” pictures on our website. and also to let you know we now offer the service of supplying laser  cut kits of our patterns…just email us for a quote on which pattern you would like cut if in the USA then not a problem if outside the USA we will try to get you in touch with someone who can cut it for you

we will be adding these “Proof of Concept” images for all our products  they are photographs of our patterns that have been laser cut from MDF and assembled to show how wonderfully our patterns work in the real world.

we will be adding these to all of our 3D Puzzle Projects to the “Long” description of each product. Just go to the
product and click on the details and scroll down and you will be able to view
them. They are Actual Detailed Photos of each product. We are going in alphabetical
order and every day we will be adding more until we’ve completed the process.
We would like to give a “Big Thank You” to Ylona Maas from the Netherlands for assisting us with many of these “Proof of Concept” Photos of our 3D Puzzles Projects here at makeCNC!
Ylona has done an Excellent Job of capturing the detail of our makeCNC Puzzle Projects. You definitely want to head to the website at makeCNC and have a look at them! Ylona has paid particular attention to fine detail and Good angles for your viewing pleasure. Ylona has cut them out using a Laser Cutting Machine.
Hats off to you Ylona for the Wonderful Job!

you can purchase pre cut kits of most of our patterns if you live in Europe or the Netherlands by going to Ylona’s website at

We also wanted to let you know we will be sending you out a MakeCNC Newsletter soon to explain about our Many, Many New projects that we will be releasing over the next month.
So “Stay Tuned” to your Informative makeCNC Blog!
And Thank You for Shopping makeCNC!

Aircraft Carrier "Proof of Concept" Picture from Ylona

Aircraft Carrier “Proof of Concept” Picture from Ylona Maas from the Netherlands


The Angelfish "Proof of Concept" Picture from Ylona Maas

The Angelfish “Proof of Concept” Picture from Ylona Maas

Chopper Helicopter "Proof of Concept" Picture from Ylona Maas

Chopper Helicopter “Proof of Concept” Picture from Ylona Maas

Major product announcement from makeCNC


makeCNC and makeCNC workshops would like to announce some Major Changes in the way we package our files. The reason for these changes is because of new development in CAM software meaning we no longer need to create dog-bone fillets in our files and we also no longer need to supply so many scales of files.

So from here on out All makeCNC products will be packaged in the following way:

A  folder with assembly guides and, on occasion, numbered DXF files to assist with assembly of the pattern will be provided in each product. Then we will provide another folder which will hold a metric version of the DXF file at a single given scale and an inch version. We provide these in this way now because, with our inexpensive scale calculator program, it is a simple task to scale the drawings up or down to suit the desired thickness of your material.   This program comes free with purchases over $150  or it is readily available and only $5 if you need to purchase it.

We will also be providing CDR versions of the files in both metric and inch formats as 99% of laser users have Corel Draw as the software they use to import and deal with our files. These CDR files (Corels Native Format) will be in version 11 so they should open in most any version of Corel Draw including the student version which does not allow DXF import.

For Scroll Saw users we will be adding a PDF version of the files to each product package as well, again in both metric and inch to allow for easy printing of the patterns for adhering to plywood and cutting out the parts with your Scroll Saw.

So there will no longer be two options for purchase.  All of these formats we just listed above are included in the one file package. All products released after the June 1st, 2014  will be in this format and we will also slowly be converting all our existing files over to this New Improved Format.

There are now two ways for our customers to deal with Dog-bone fillets and inside corners and we will explain here what they are. If you are a user of Vectric products you will know about the dog-bone fillet features in V-Carve as well as Aspire and you can add your own dog bones to the files using this feature.  In this way it is better as you now have control over the size of the fillets. But the most important Good News is that Vectric are soon to release a plugin/gadget that will automatically compensate for inside corners in the tool-path features of the software so it will soon be a simple and automatic process for owners of this software.

But the real reason we completely did away with dog-bone versions in our products  is because of the New Release of CAMBAM another CAM software we sell in the makeCNC store that has a New Feature called “Corner Over-cut” which is explained below. You can purchase this powerful CADCAM software at our site for around $149 which is a bargain for all the features it offers the user and they do have a free version that has the corner compensation feature in it.

CAMBAM : Corner over-cut option. (dog-bone fillets)

Inside corners, where a tool diameter typically will not fit, can cause problems if they define a shape where another shape needs to be inserted into it, as with a slotted joint or inlay.

A new parameter: Corner Over-cut, set to True or False can be defined, which will add an over-cut in towards these inside corners.

If the Tool Profile parameter for a machining operation is set to V-Cutter, a ramped cut is inserted up to the stock  surface, all the way into the inside corner. This can result in nice clean square corners when an appropriate V cutter is used.

The file snap-together-box.cb in the CamBam samples folder illustrates the use of corner over-cuts to clear joints that will be slotted into each other.

The CamBam.cb sample file contains an example of a V corner profile in the last part.

overcut overcut_vcutter

makeCNC Announces New Customer Picture Galleries!

Hello All from the Team at makeCNC!
makeCNC would love to let you know we have just put up two Customer Photo Galleries which have been a long time in coming. Customer Creations for all the Laser and CNC Router Projects that have been completed by our Customers and a Scrollers Gallery for all of our Scrollsaw Customers. We have just started putting them up so if you want to add some pictures of your own or if we haven’t put yours up yet please send us a reminder to let us know. Just send to Julie at and send whatever pictures you would like to see up in the gallery. Let us know your full name, State or Country you are from, what machine you are using and what you made your projects out of and the name of the project and we’ll be Happy to add them Right Away!
We just want to thank you All for the Pictures you have sent us and the Hard work you have put in to making such Beautiful Projects. Whether you are using a Router, Laser or Scrollsaw or some other method they are All Equally Excellent!
We Appreciate All of our Loyal Customers for being with us for so Long!
Keep up the Great Work and Keep sending us Wonderful Pictures! Everyone following us here at makeCNC really enjoy looking at photos of what other customers complete so Keep Em Coming!
We have Lots more to tell you so Keep Watch over the next Couple Weeks! We will also be sending out a Newsletter soon so keep watch for that as well. We have just released Many New Projects and So Many More to Come! Hundreds and we have over 100 Simpler & Useful Projects coming soon and our Mega Castle with an Army and Weapons that actually work, Barbie Size Houses, Mansions and Some Real Amazing Surprises in store as well including our Truly Fantastic Space Program.
So we’ll be updating you soon! And Thanks for Shopping MakeCNC!

Scroll Saw users

Customer Creations


New Stagecoach Set

Hi Everyone! Sarah from makeCNC here to tell you about some more Amazing New Releases we have at our makeCNC Webstore.

First, we have the Stagecoach Set. It’s a Very Wonderful design and it’s now available in Scroll Saw PDF Version. As a matter of fact, Most of our 3D Puzzle Projects are now available in Scroll Saw PDF Version. If you come to our website and want to purchase the PDF Version of any of our 3D Puzzle Projects and there is no option available for it in a drop down menu just email us and we can send it to you. The Stagecoach Set is recommended for Laser as it will enhance the fine detail of the puzzles, however you can use a CNC Router or Scroll Saw or any method you choose. Some of our customers even cut our projects out now with exacto knives on foam board. Your imagination is the limit! The Stagecoach Set includes 4 beautifully posed horses, a very attractive Stagecoach and a driver. And here’s A bit of history on the stagecoach for you.

Horse 1Horse 3Horse 4

A stagecoach was a type of covered wagon for passengers and goods. It was strongly sprung and drawn by four horses, usually four-in-hand. Widely used before the introduction of railway transport, it made regular trips between stages or stations, which were places of rest provided for stagecoach travelers. The business of running stagecoaches or the act of journeying in them was known as staging.

Beginning in the 18th century crude wagons began to be used to carry passengers between cities and towns, first within New England in 1744, then between New York and Philadelphia in 1756.

Stagecoaches ceased operating between Boston and New York after steamships began running between New York and Providence. However, the Boston to Providence highway was still one of the busiest in the nation with the stagecoach companies carrying passengers six hours from Boston to meet the steamboats. Once the railroads began being built between cities in the 1830s, the stagecoach companies began running from the rails to other cities and towns.

Familiar images of the stagecoach in Great Britain are that of a Royal Mail coach passing through a turnpike gate, a Dickensian passenger coach covered in snow pulling up at a coaching inn, and a highwayman demanding a coach to “stand and deliver”. The yard of ale drinking glass is associated by legend with stagecoach drivers, though was mainly used for drinking feats and special toasts.

The stagecoach traveled at an average speed of about five miles per hour, with the total daily mileage covered being around 60 or 70 miles. Now, maybe your Stagecoach set won’t be traveling that fast or that many miles but it will offer much enjoyment for you and make a Wonderful new addition to your 3D Puzzle Collection!


stagecoach full view2

Wonderful HO Scale Painted Ladies!

Hi Everyone! Sarah at makecNc here again to give you some background history of our Wonderful HO Scale Painted Ladies. The “Painted Ladies” is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings in American Architecture that are painted in three or more colors that enhance or embellish their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses in a book called “Painted Ladies”. Now the term is used to describe groups of Victorian houses in other American Cities such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Missouri, the greater San Francisco and New Orleans aeas, Cincinnati, Ohio and New Jersey.

About 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco between 1849 and 1915 and many were painted in bright colors.

In 1963, San Francisco artist Butch Kardum began combining intense blues and greens on the exterior of his Italianate-style Victorian house. Many criticized his house but other neighbors began to copy the bright colors on their own houses.

Kardum and many others began to transform dozens of gray houses into Painted Ladies. By the 1970s, the colorist movement, as it was called, had changed entire streets and neighborhoods. This process continues to this day. One of the best-known groups of “Painted Ladies” is the row of Victorian houses at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square park, in San Francisco. It is sometimes known as “Postcard Row.”

We sell six HO Scale Painted Ladies here at makeCNC. The Lady Leona, The Sarah Lee, The Julie Ann, The Miss Daisy, The Lilac Lady and The Miss Ann.

Painted ladies Houses makecnc

These can be built at larger or smaller sizes for those who want to make Doll Houses and other types of miniatures. They are not 3D puzzles as they are patterns for scale models and do require some glue for assembly as well.

The finish will depend on the skill level of the maker.

Of course the Painted Lady Patterns come in our DXF Laser and Router Versions. The Laser Version comes in 1/2″, 1/4″, 1/8″ and 1/16″ and 1.5, 3, 6 and 12mm sizes. The Router Version comes in 1/2″, 1/4″ and 1/8″ and also 3, 6 and 12mm sizes.

Come to makeCNC and either type in Painted Ladies in the search box or browse store to building and houses. You’ll find the Painted Ladies there with Many other Exciting projects.

Thank you for shopping makeCNC!



The Julie Anne

1 The Julie Anne (Painted ladies one HO scale)


The Lady Leona

6 The Lady Leona (Painted ladies six HO scale)




New Inlay Intarsia Patterns

Hello again from Sarah at makeCNC!

You need to come to makeCNC and check out our New Inlay Intarsia Patterns.

These Patterns can be cut with several types of tools including CNC Routers, like Shopbot Tools, and many other types of CNC Routing Tools, Laser Cutting Machines, Die Cutting Machines and can be cut Manually using Scroll Saws as well as Water Jet or Plasma CNC Tools.

You can use a limitless variety of Materials including wood working materials such as Exotic and Native Woods, MDF and Plywood as well as from Colored Acrylics for use in backlit signs and Faux acrylic stained glass windows and mobiles. You can cut them on a Water Jet and make true stained glass windows or even cut them from Foam Board using a Drag Knife or CNC Die Cutting Machine like the Cougar PRO from BlackCat. The only limit is your Imagination!

These Patterns come in a Variety of File Formats for use over a broad spectrum of software and machine tool processes. These Patterns are compatible with and include Adobe Illustrator, V Carve Pro, Aspire, Autocad and Most other CAD programs, SVD for laser machines and Corel Draw 11 and EPS files.

We will be putting up a video explaining in far more detail how to work with these patterns. We will update you soon as to the release date of the Intarsia Pattern “How to” video that we will be putting up on makeCNC.


Chincoteague Mare (PES)

Chincoteague Mare (PES)





Little Princess Fairy Tale Series


Hi again this is Sarah from makeCNC and I would like to tell you about a Wonderful New Series of 3D Puzzle Projects called the Little Princess Fairy Tale Series. Its one of my personal favorites. This Series includes Three Magical Castles and Two Horse Drawn Carriages. These Castles have seen their share of adventures and will be seeing Many more. The First Castle is the Cinderella Castle which has a large courtyard and several towers ready to be the permanent residence of Lords and Noblemen. Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of the unjust oppression and the triumphant reward.

Cinderella Castle 4


Next is the Snow White Castle which is named after a German Fairy Tale which known as the most famous fairy tales worldwide. This Castle has memories of the Magic Mirror in this Wonderful Fairy Tale. This Castle is built to Last forever!

Snow white Castle  Colorview 5

Last but not least is the Sleeping Beauty Castle, which housed the Beautiful Princess who had hoped for her Handsome Prince but fell under the Enchantment of Sleep. This Castle is a fortified stronghold and ready for newcomers.

Sleeping Beauty Castle 3

Then we have the Sparkly, Magical Fairy Tale Carriage which is Horse drawn and is especially designed for private passenger use and for comfort and elegance. Part of this set is the Sparkly Magical Fantasy Carriage which is Perfect for taking a Pretty Princess to the ball. This Carriage is also pulled by two handsome horses and is the perfect accessory for any of our Wonderful, Magical Castles!

You can buy these seperately or in a set, which is nicely discounted for those who would like to collect the whole set.

Just head to the New Releases page at makeCNC by clicking the new releases link and check out our gallery of images for these wonderful new CNC laser cutting projects and patterns. Just click on the Thumbnails in the Mythological Creatures section to choose the thumbnail of your choice and it takes you to an Amazing Banner! Click again and it takes you straight to the product to Add to cart! It’s that Easy! makeCNC wants to make it easy for you, our valued customers! Come and check out our Little Princess Fairy Tale Castles and Carriages now! Thank you for Shopping makeCNC!



Mythological Creatures and Dragons!


This is Sarah from makeCNC and I’m excited to let you know about our Fantastic new line of 3D Puzzle Patterns designed especially for your Laser Cutter or CNC Router. All these patterns can also be cut and assembled using your Scroll Saw, or even from foam board or cardboard using nothing but an exacto knife!

There is the bull-headed monster born to Queen Pasiphae of Krete called the Minotaur and a Mythological creature with the head, arms, and torso of a human body with legs of a horse known as a Centaur. It has some pretty amazing detail for these 3D Puzzle Patterns. Also of course you can’t forget the Legendary Griffin with the body, tail, and back legs of a Lion with the head and wings of an Eagle! There’s also Bubo the Owl you may have seen in Clash of the Titans and Magical Pegasus, a long time favorite.

You definitely want to check out the Newly released Dragons in this list of new releases. There are two bone or skeleton dragons named Dracolich and Kahn. They also have amazing detail. Also your going to want to check out the two Hydra Dragons, Tiamat and Lernaean Hydra Dragon. Also there’s the Powerful Hobbit Dragon of Erebor, Smaug, and Draco the Welsh Dragon.

You’ll Absolutely Love them all! Just head to the New Releases page at makeCNC by clicking the new releases link and check out our gallery of images for these wonderful new CNC laser cutting projects and patterns. Just click on the thumbnails in the Mythological Creatures section to choose the thumbnail of your choice and it takes you to an Amazing Banner! Click again and it takes you straight to the product to Add to cart! It’s that Easy! makeCNC wants to make it easy for you, our valued customers!
Head there now! There is a lot of Mythological Creatures and more to choose from!

Thank You for shopping makeCNC!








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