Estlcam is the software that I have and have been using, so it’s the preferred solution, but if there’s another way, I’m game.
So I want to do some engraving into the bamboo “swords” that we use for Kendo, called shinai.
These are basically 4 staves of bamboo pressed together and secured with leather, and held with a line down one edge. Each of the bamboo pieces is curved on the outside, and it’s carved into a circular or oval shape for where the handle comes over.
I wanted to put a little engraving into the side.
- The engraving can’t be too deep. These are used in a full contact martial art, after all, and I don’t want to weaken the bamboo any more than necessary
- For the same reason, I don’t want to actually carve any extra surface material away. Also, the skin of the bamboo is deliberately left on the staves. I can model the shape of what I want, but I don’t want to carve it out.
- Because reasons, I won’t be using a Roman alphabet font. Assume that I’ll be starting with an outline picture.
- For simplicity sake, over the size of what I’m carving, I could assume that the surface is a cylinder.
I want to engrave into the curved surface something about 0.5mm deep. I would be willing to do it as line art, but would prefer to get pocketed areas in it.
Of course, this would be 1000% easier with a laser, and I might just go that way at some point…