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StarMaker | Turning Wood into Art with Your Ideas

Sep 27, 2021 | User Stories

I’m a 44yo IT manager living in New Caledonia.


For years I’ve been watching videos and tutorials on the internet about DIY projects of any kind, mostly 3D printing and CNC works because the processes are quite hypnotizing.


A year ago, I discovered the Snapmaker and realized that all these theories could become more than theories without having to move for a bigger flat. I don’t have room to dedicate to craft-making. I read everything I could find about the Snapmaker and 6 months later the A350 was on my doorstep. So… besides the bench, I’ve printed a lot of useful things like the cyclone for my soundproof enclosure with an integrated vacuum. I was ready for CNC!


After spending some nights on my CAD program and watching many tutorials, I became familiar with terms like “overstep” or “tapered ball-end milling bit” (yes). I had a great result with the fairy work.

Model: Download free OBJ file Fairy • 3D print object ・ Cults (cults3d.com)

Wood: Araucaria

Size : 24x19x3cm

Pass 1 – Roughing :

  • Path: 3D pocket clearing: 1mm deep
  • Tool: Cleaning bottom engraving router bit (10mm large; shank: ¼)

Pass 2 – Finishing

  • Path: 3D Parallel
  • Tool: Tapered Ball Nose End Mill (0,5mm radius; shank: ¼)

Total: 37 hours

It was a first and my paths were not tuned so the carving was very long but really fascinating to watch, it works so well!


My next project was Nefertiti which is a statue that I love. It’s a combination of a beautiful STL from Scan the World, the open-source museum, and a vector carving for the hieroglyph. The result is amazing and has found a good place in my living room.

Model3D Printable Bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum, Berlin by Scan The World (myminifactory.com)

Wood: Durian

Size : 34x24x4cm

Pass 1 – Roughing :

  • Path: 3D pocket clearing: 1mm deep
  • Tool: Cleaning bottom engraving router bit (10mm large; shank: ¼)

Pass 2 – Finishing

  • Path: 3D Parallel
  • Tool: Tapered Ball Nose End Mill (0,5mm radius; shank: ¼)

Total: 40 hours

Then I wanted to push the organic feeling of the shape and found the perfect model: The old man. At the proper hour, when the sun goes down and the shadows appear, he looks at you right in the eyes.

ModelTélécharger fichier STL gratuit Saint Pierre • Design à imprimer en 3D ・ Cults (cults3d.com)

Wood: Mahogany

Size : 34x24x4cm

Pass 1 – Roughing :

  • Path: 3D pocket clearing: 1mm deep
  • Tool: Cleaning bottom engraving router bit (10mm large; shank: ¼)

Pass 2 – Finishing

  • Path: 3D Parallel
  • Tool: Tapered Ball Nose End Mill (0,5mm radius; shank: ¼)

Total: 35 hours

Now I am thinking about what will be next. So many projects come to my mind!

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1 Comment

  1. JG Berson

    I noticed a pair of linear actuators just to the outside of the Snapmaker rails. I surmise they are to move the whole machine forward out of the enclosure for easy tool and work access. Am I right? That is a really good idea.
    If so can you provide some detail on what parts you used and how you set it up?

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