Liquid inlays can be simple, or highly complex, depending on layers and colors.
Multi-colored inlays, that require several trips to the router, and careful planning of layers
|Single color inlays are the easiest and least expensive.
Route a groove, fill it, sand it smooth. Okay, it may not be that
easy, but it is close.
This makes it the most affordable of filled inlays. the seashell in the image on the left was ripped from Corel Draw, in vector format, so it was easy to resize and convert to g-code (the code that most CNC routers read). The line is, well, a line.
|Multiple colors that do not interact are the next easiest. Its tough to see, but in the image to the left, the outline is in black, the logo is in green. Both of these could be routed and filled at the same time.|
|The most difficult of filled inlays is the multi-layered
type, as shown to the left. With overlapping colors, multiple visits to the
router are necessary. The rose, bottom left, with three colors, and the
lavender orchid on the upper right, with five colors, both required three
trips to the router. This was because we could isolate the colors on two
different areas. The bottom right required at least five trips.
Designing with a graphics program allows for creative use of layers, to help with this process. the layers were separated not by object, or color, but by trips to the router. We simply made visible the layer we were working on at the time, and processed those images.
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