This edition of the ModuleWorks blog takes a look at how traditional stone working is made more efficient through the use of modern CAD/CAM technology.
Adnan Bekture is a SolidCNC customer, based in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a traditional stone work master whose skill is the restoration of mosques and churches and the construction of traditional Islamic stone works named “muqarnas”.
An example of the type of application is shown below with the image on the right showing the complex detail of the stone work.
|Sahip Ata mosque (1258 A.D.)|
|Traditional Islamic “muqarnas”|
A number of diverse methods are required to construct and machine the geometric shapes and models. Models may be prepared directly from foam or engineering plastic or the marble machined directly but other examples may require the inverse mold to be created.
SolidCNC provide all the tools required to both construct the model and generate the toolpaths. In the images below, we can see the screen shots from SolidCNC along with the highly complex and detailed final result below.
There are a number of stages to creating the stone models in SolidCNC. The first stage is to prepare the geometry for machining, followed by toolpath creation for 3-Axis rough and finish passes. Prior to the actual machining, verification takes place using the inbuilt simulation tools helping to ensure safe operation on the CNC router. In addition to the 3-Axis toolpaths, SolidCNC also provides him with a range of 4-Axis simultaneous toolpaths for the more complex and intricate models.
These different stages are shown in the images below:
|Model imported to SolidCNC and prepared for Manufacture|
|Finish Machining using a constant Z strategy|
|CNC Milling machine turns into a hand-finishing robot by multi-pencil toolpaths|
Case study prepared by Ata Hürdogan Demiray, CEO SolidCNC.
All Images Courtesy of Adnan Bekture