More of Greg’s Reels

Greg is an Ohio based bamboo rod maker. In November 2014 I posted pictures of two reels that he made from my plan set (

Greg is now seriously into reel production, using CNC to assist on the more complicated parts.

He has a CNC converted Precision Matthews mill and uses Fusion 360 to make the solid models from which G code can be generated.

One of the reels in these pictures has an aluminum frame; it is meant to go with a lightweight graphite rod.

Note to myself: The deburring wheels that Greg likes are “3M Scotch-Brite EXL”.

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6 Responses to More of Greg’s Reels

  1. says:

    on your last post I ask where can I find the guy who made the cnc g code for the parts and would he be willing too share them?

  2. richard westerfield says:

    thanks a lot dave

  3. Keenan says:

    After seeing this, can I safely assume that running through some modeling with your plans in Fusion 360 isn’t an issue? I hadn’t done it yet due to the way Autodesk has a mostly-cloud-based storage method for Fusion 360 and I didn’t want to have any potential intellectual property violations with your reels.

    If you haven’t given Fusion 360 a try yet, I highly recommend it. The price is free for hobbyists and low volume businesses, it has a ton of features, gobs of tutorials, and a similar work flow to SolidWorks. My educational license ran out on SolidWorks, so I have been getting familiarized with this a solid alternative.

  4. dave49 says:

    Charge ahead. No issues with IP. If you wanted to sell a CAD drawing set, it would be OK as long as you acknowledged me as the original designer.
    All that I have heard of Fusion 360 is quite positive. And it is free for hobbyists! The issue that I have been avoiding is learning to do 3D modelling. That is why I chose Cut2D for engraving design. It is a step above Microsoft “Paint”, but not a large step.

    • Keenan says:

      No need to avoid any 3D modeling. The parametric modeling feature allows you to plan things out in a 2D sketch and then perform a single step to create a 3D object. Then, it’s single steps to make chamfers, fillets, new 2D sketches, and all sorts of others fun stuff.

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