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From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge

project challenge Nov 01, 2023

πŸ‘» Greetings, CNC Enthusiasts! πŸ‘»

As we venture into our 6th monthly project challenge, we're thrilled to summon the spirits and embrace the eeriness of October with the "From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge."

Prepare for a spine-tingling journey where your CNC machine will conjure the most haunting Halloween creations.

Challenge Details

πŸ“… Challenge Timeline: October 1, 2023 to October 31, 2023

πŸ† Prizes:

  • 1st Place: Andy Bird Builds CNC bit set (3 pack), LYCNC Sticker Pack, CNC t-shirt, and a unique Custom Challenge Coin.
  • 2nd Place: LYCNC Sticker Pack & CNC t-shirt
  • 3rd Place: LYCNC Sticker Pack

The Challenge

This month, we invite you to embrace your inner ghoul and create CNC projects that are positively haunting.
Dive into the spirit of the season and consider crafting Halloween-themed items like:

  • 🍬 Candy Trays: Design intricate candy trays featuring spooky motifs like ghosts, witches, or pumpkins. These trays are perfect additions to your Halloween parties and celebrations.
  • πŸ‘» Signs: Create eerie signs with phrases like "Beware!" or "Enter at Your Own Risk" to decorate your haunted house or front porch. Add 3D elements, intricate carvings, or LED backlighting for an extra eerie effect.
  • πŸŽƒ Wood Jack-o'-Lanterns: Carve wooden jack-o'-lanterns with your CNC machine. Design them with removable lids to place candles or LED lights inside for a safe and spooky glow.
  • πŸ¦‡ 3D Carvings: Challenge yourself to create intricate 3D carvings of classic Halloween icons like bats, spiders, or skeletons. These can be wall decorations or standalone pieces.

    For inspiration, explore our library of Halloween project lessons here. You'll find a cauldron full of ideas and tutorials to get your creative cauldron bubbling.

Participant Entries

We were spellbound by the extraordinary projects conjured by our community members for the 'From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge.' From CNC-crafted candy trays featuring eerie motifs to signs that sent shivers down our spines, the level of creativity and craftsmanship was hauntingly exceptional.

Here are some spine-tingling snapshots of their creations:

Rodney Carpenter: The Mastermind Behind the Segmented Candy Bowl

Within the spooky realm of the "From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge," Rodney Carpenter's CNC craftsmanship takes center stage with his mesmerizing segmented candy bowl. This eerie creation was meticulously segmented using Aspire software and carved from enchanting maple wood.

Rodney's work is an embodiment of precision and creativity. With Aspire as his ally, he transformed maple into a captivating candy bowl, showcasing his dedication to CNC artistry. This project stands as a testament to the boundless possibilities when technology and craftsmanship converge in the spirit of the challenge.

Rodney Carpenter, we salute your extraordinary contribution to our "From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge." Your segmented candy bowl promises to cast a spell on all who dare to delve into the world of CNC wizardry.

Lars Coleman: Crafting HDU Magic for Halloween

In the spine-tingling depths of the "From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge," Lars Coleman conjured an enchanting 3D carved sign from High-Density Urethane (HDU). As the eerie Halloween festivities approached, Lars breathed life into this haunting masterpiece.

The result is nothing short of magical. Lars meticulously wielded his CNC machine to carve this HDU sign, and the outcome left him beaming with pride. The intricate details and craftsmanship are evident in every twist and turn of this spectral creation.

Lars Coleman, your HDU wizardry has left us bewitched. Your Halloween sign stands as a testament to the wondrous possibilities that the CNC realm unveils, even during the spookiest of seasons.

Shannon Peth: Carving Spooky Magic

In the "From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge," Shannon Peth has masterfully conjured a wooden figure that's hauntingly captivating. With eerie finesse, Shannon's CNC prowess has birthed a zombie clutching a lamp and an ominous pumpkin, each detail sending shivers down the spine.

The intricacies of this wooden masterpiece are nothing short of breathtaking, capturing the essence of Halloween's enchantment. Shannon boldly proclaimed, "I completed this challenge!" and indeed, she did. Her creation is a testament to her unwavering dedication and undeniable talent.

Join our thriving community of creators and embark on your CNC journey to unlock new dimensions of craftsmanship.

Robert Sandstrom: Crafting Enchantment

In the spirit of Halloween, Robert Sandstrom has conjured a bewitching masterpiece. This "Witches Hat Candy Dish" is a spellbinding gift created for his daughter, combining both craftsmanship and affection.

Crafted from maple and adorned with a vibrant, multi-colored epoxy rim, the candy dish exudes an otherworldly charm. The epoxy layers, starting with black, followed by yellow, and finally silver, create an enchanting effect that captures the essence of a witch's hat. After the epoxy dried, Robert meticulously used bowl bits to carve out the dish's interior, perfectly shaping the profile of the hat.

This creation is not just a candy dish; it's a symbol of the magic that CNC crafting can bring to life. Robert's thoughtful gesture adds an extra layer of meaning to this Halloween delight.

Join our thriving community of creators and embark on your CNC journey to unlock new dimensions of craftsmanship and enchantment.

Clark Inniger: A Ghostly Delight

Clark Inniger's creativity knows no bounds, and he has taken his CNC crafting skills to a spectral level. Inspired by the lesson #162 live training, Clark crafted a ghostly figure to adorn his yard light and cast an eerie shadow on his house.

This spectral creation, made from leftover 3/4 plastic, captures the essence of Halloween. The ghostly figure, designed with precision, adds a spine-tingling charm to his outdoor decor.

Clark's project is a reminder that CNC crafting can infuse life and character into even the simplest materials. It's not just about crafting; it's about transforming everyday elements into something enchanting.

Join our vibrant community of creators and unlock the full potential of CNC crafting to bring your imagination to life.


Tony Duderewicz: Crafting Halloween Magic

Tony Duderewicz has conjured up a spellbinding Halloween display that's bound to leave you enchanted. He embarked on this mystical journey by carving 3D models out of cherry and maple, bringing his vision to life.

Using a 1/4" endmill for roughing and specialized tapered ball nose bits, Tony meticulously carved intricate details into his creations. He invested two days of dedication and craftsmanship to complete this mesmerizing display.

As you explore Tony's work, you'll be captivated by the haunting beauty he has crafted. It's a testament to how CNC crafting can transform ordinary materials into extraordinary works of art.

Don't miss the video to witness the magic unfold. Tony's creation is a reminder of the enchanting possibilities that CNC crafting offers.

Cliff Neal: Crafting Spooky Gravestones

Cliff Neal has brought the spirit of Halloween to life with his eerie gravestones. These haunting creations were made for a local party and stand as a testament to his dedication and creativity.

Using 2" pink foam board from a Big Box Store and a Bits & Bits extra-long foam cutter, Cliff meticulously carved intricate details into the foam to achieve the desired effect. He even employed a soldering iron and heat gun to add realistic cracks and aging to the gravestones.

The finishing touches came with sanded paint from the Big Box Store and various other colors, resulting in a chillingly authentic appearance. The gravestone wording adds a touch of fun to these spooky creations.

Cliff's work is a perfect example of how CNC crafting can bring the magic of Halloween to your doorstep. His gravestones are a tribute to the artistry that CNC technology can offer, and they're sure to send shivers down your spine.

Lester Sak: The Halloween Door Hanger Masterpiece

Lester Sak has conjured up the very essence of Halloween with his captivating creation, a round door hanger made from 1/4" MDF. This enchanting piece of decor is more than just an ornament; it's a gateway to a world of ghouls and ghosts that's sure to delight or spook any visitors who cross your threshold.

The central character, a sinister zombie, stands next to a weathered gravestone, bathed in an eerie, otherworldly glow that enhances the Halloween atmosphere. The attention to detail is simply spellbinding, from the zombie's haunting gaze to the moonlight shimmering on the gravestone.

Lester's choice of materials, particularly the 1/4" MDF, provides both durability and a canvas for intricate design. This Halloween door hanger isn't just a decoration; it's an invitation for all who dare to enter this spooky realm.

Lester's craftsmanship is the embodiment of the Halloween spirit, and he has mastered the art of creating unforgettable seasonal decor. It's clear that he has reached enchanting new heights with his CNC craft.

Join our community of creators and take your CNC craft to new and bewitching levels.

Chris Pelletier: Spooking Up the Wine Store

Chris Pelletier has brewed up a chillingly captivating masterpiece, specially crafted for his brother's wine store. This standout piece showcases a wood carving of a skeleton, a spectacle that's bound to steal the spotlight, or perhaps we should say, the moonlight, in any wine store.

The attention to detail in this creation is hauntingly brilliant. Every aspect, from the skull's menacing grin to the eerie precision of the bone structure, is meticulously executed. However, it's the devil in the details, or in this case, the 'Yo Ho ho and a bottle of wine!!' carved message, that truly sets the tone. This perfect blend of wine and witchcraft creates an ideal ambiance for spooking up his brother's store. πŸ·πŸ‘»

Chris's work is a testament to the art of infusing character and charm into the world of wine, adding a spine-tingling touch to the wine-tasting experience.

Tim Adams: Art, Growth, and Resilience

Tim Adams' submission for the challenge is more than just a project; it's a journey of personal growth and artistic exploration. He's checked off several significant milestones, making this piece a symbol of resilience, learning, and new beginnings.

Firstly, October marks two months of freedom from an alcohol problem that had held him back for years. This achievement is a testament to his strength and determination to overcome obstacles in life.

Tim's artwork showcases his venture into the world of AI-generated designs that he can vectorize and enhance, further demonstrating his willingness to embrace new technologies and artistic techniques.

Participating in this challenge marks yet another first, indicating Tim's openness to stepping out of his comfort zone and engaging with a community of creators.

The project also highlights his inaugural attempt at a two-colored epoxy pour, a skill he's eager to master. While the colors are black and white with a touch of "Eye Candy," Tim's clear tabletop flood coat showcases his ability to achieve decent results with his current knowledge.

The final piece, approximately 6.5" x 9.5" on a scrap piece of MDF, not only reflects artistic progress but serves as a reminder that mistakes and lessons learned are an integral part of the journey towards improvement in various aspects of life.

Tim's work encapsulates art, growth, and resilience, and it's a testament to his unwavering spirit and determination. It's a promising start to what will undoubtedly be a continuing journey of self-improvement and creative exploration.

πŸ₯And the Winner Is....

After tallying up the votes from students, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the "From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge." challenge:

  • πŸ₯‡1st Place: Tony Duderewicz - Spooktacular Charm in Wood

  • πŸ₯ˆ2nd Place: Tim Adams - The Journey of Art and Growth

  • πŸ₯‰ 3rd Place: Chris Pelletier - Wine and Witchcraft

A huge round of applause for our winners and all participants for making this challenge a resounding success! Your contributions have truly raised the bar in CNC creativity.

Conclusion and Learning Experience

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the "From GCodes to Cobwebs: October Spooktacular Challenge!"

Even if you didn't clinch a prize, remember that these challenges are not just about winning but also about growing your skills and sharing your passion with a like-minded community.

It's all about the journey and the learning experience.

Ready to Join the Next Challenge?

We invite all CNC enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals to participate in our upcoming challenges and become part of our vibrant community.

By joining Live Vectric Group Training, you'll gain access to valuable resources, guidance, and a supportive network of fellow creators.

Unleash your creativity, expand your CNC skills, and embrace the thrill of monthly challenges that push your limits.

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Keep crafting, exploring, and inspiring one another!

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