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How many flutes should you use for carving acrylic? When should you use a straight-cut bit instead of a downcut bit?

This episode of Easel Live covers everything you need to know about bits so you can always select the correct bit for your 3D carving project.

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Solid Carbide 2 Flute Straight End Mill

Solid Carbide 2 Flute Straight End Mill

Quantity: 1, Shank Diameter: 1/8 in, Cutting Diameter: 1/8 in, Cutting Length: 7/10 in, Overall Length: 1 1/2 in, Type: Straight, Cutting Material 3: Plastic, Cutting Material 4: Plastic, Flutes: 2, Ring Color: Black, Use: General carving, Cutting Material: Corian, Cutting Material: Plastic, Cutting Material: Linoleum, Cutting Material: Wood, Cutting Material: Plywood, Cutting Material: MDF

$3.49

Solid Carbide Downcut Fish Tail Spiral Bit

Solid Carbide Downcut Fish Tail Spiral Bit

1/8" Downcut Fish Tail Carving Bit

$10.99

Solid Carbide Single Flute Upcut End Mill

Solid Carbide Single Flute Upcut End Mill

Quantity: 1, Shank Diameter: 1/8 in, Cutting Diameter: 1/8 in, Cutting Length: 0.87 in, Material: Solid Carbide, Type: Upcut, Overall Length: 1.77 in, Flutes: 1, Ring Color: Gray, Use: General carving, Cutting Material: Corian, Cutting Material: Aluminum, Cutting Material: Plastic, Cutting Material: Linoleum

$3.49

$17.97
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Watch Easel Live: Carving Bits 101

40 minutes

This is a fantastic resource for learning all about carving bits! Use this information to determine which bit to use for your next project.

In this Easel Live class, we cover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about carving bits: bit materials, flute numbers, bit types, and pairing your bit with specific carving materials so you’ll get quick, clean carves every time—no matter what you’re carving.

You can also find more detailed information about carving bits in our support center

Justin Haugens
Do you plan to create a chart or post this information somewhere?
Justin Haugens
Mo Stych
Yep! We are planning to make some more information about this soon. Thanks for your feedback!
Mo Stych
cristhian peña
Great Mo!!!! thanks!!! MDF please MDF!!!!
cristhian peña
Philip Ershler
Great presentation! It was really worth the time for all the information you conveyed.
Philip Ershler
Brandon Branch
I'm very new to the cnc world. You've answered a lot of my concerns with the different bits. Not confusing at all. Great class! Great job!
Brandon Branch
Mo Stych
Thanks, Brandon and Philip! I'm happy you both enjoyed this :-) As an FYI, we also added "more detailed information":https://inventables.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2850808?b_id=9562&t=0 about carving bits in our support center.
Mo Stych
Bret Richards
Great information. Thanks.
Bret Richards
Alejandro Martinez
Hi Mo, very useful, thanks. Question: What is the recommended bit for engraving in Acrylic ?
Alejandro Martinez
Dan Stone
Great presentation! Please do more! For my own projects, I would love to see an end grain hardwood sample cut using all 3 types.
Dan Stone
Ruud Slaman
Great info! Thanks Mo!
Ruud Slaman
Lorenzo Cruz
It looks pretty interesting
Lorenzo Cruz
Dave Engstrand
Nice the photos are real helpful!
Dave Engstrand
David Schneider
This was a great introduction survey for the bits. How about the following topics for more "educational" vids. Cutting speeds and feeds. Materials - what to consider.
David Schneider
Sean Morrish
What do the different colour collars stand for? and why are the collars on the bits?
Sean Morrish
Mo Stych
Hi, Sean - The collared rings are to help identify which bit is which. Each bit type has a unique collar color. It's helpful for users who can't easily identify bits by looking at the flutes. (1/2)
Mo Stych
Mo Stych
The collars also ensure the bits are used correctly. When using these bits, insert the bit into the collet until the collar touches the collet. Hope this helps! (2/2)
Mo Stych
WorkinWoods
Hello when you mention HSS tools you do not mention that they are not designed for use in composite woods they are to only be used with sheet aluminum and natural woods composite woods such as MDF, OSB, Particle Board, Masonite, etc contain extremely abrasive resins, glues, and metal particles.
WorkinWoods
Sean Morrish
That does help. Thanks. Follow up question, as I've yet to purchase, (waiting on funds). Are the collars, something that just inventables does for the ease of use? or is it a common thing?
Sean Morrish
Andrew Girgen
Acrylic example is misleading. Something bad happened in the profile cut and the straight cut bit. If you look at the pocket, its way better than the others. I have done many acrylic cuts with a strait cut and have gotten great results.
Andrew Girgen