It almost seems a right of passage to make an Aztec Calendar and despite the rumor that the world would end back in 2012 when the calendar ran out, the desire to make one hasn't.
How you read and use the calendar is a complete mystery to me and I suspect everyone who has ever made one other than the creater of the original.
We don't need a fancy Calendar in this day and age to tell us when to plant and harvert our crops, make sacrifices to our various gods and how much longer it is until Christmas as we now have our smart phones to tells us all this and more. But you have to admit, it is cool to have an Aztec calendar on the wall.
This particular one is almost 2 foot in diameter (600mm).
I'm breaking this build down into several parts outlining each step of the process.
This will make it easier to follow for those who want to make their own
One of the main things you need to get right when VCarving is cutter angle.
If the andle specified for the Vbit is not correct your Vcarving won't look right and it only takes a small deviation in angle to make a noticible difference. To this end it is important to test the actual angle of any new cutter you get as opposed to believing what the manufacturer says it is. Spending a few minutes here will save you many hours of wasted time and material. You only need to do this once so it is well worth doing just to be sure.
To see how to Test your cutters please click on the link below.
This will take you the a video explaining in detail the process and you can download files for cutter 90, 60 and 45 degrees in various formats.
If you are looking for the Calendar files please click on the links below
Aztec Calendar file in Vcarve Format
Aztec Calendar file in DXF format
In the next episode I will show how to paint the calendar.
I hope you enjoy and until next time.