Porg Bank CNC Project

We are obsessed with Star Wars in our house, and are eagerly awaiting the Last Jedi release. We have likely watched the trailer a combined run time equal to the film itself and our Little is absolutely in love with the new Porg creatures, they are already looking to be this generations Ewok.  Our shared adoration of these tiny galactic penguin things ultimately led us to the idea of the "Porggy" Bank - it sounds like "piggy", its cute, and it is nearly the holiday gift season... also, we just invested in a Shapeoko CNC system from Carbide 3D and needed to stretch our design chops.


Our first challenge was in creating a design that met our needs and wants. Since we only had the included 1/4" bit at this point, the design needed to be simple enough for the ability of the machine, yet detailed enough to convey the character. There were also features our Little requested, such as, the ability to feed the money through the mouth of the Porg and as all littles are obsessed with everything gross - could it please "poop the money out when you want it." Sure, kid. Challenge accepted.


After some rough sketches it was time to make an SVG to take to the CNC - I am a native to Adobe Illustrator so that is my comfort zone. I did not find a whole lot of resources for creating CNC files with AI, so I was a little on my own. To assist with visually organizing I came up with a simple system of using a grayscale fill to mark the final depth of shapes. This trick was helpful later when it was time to pass off the file to D for the actual cut. The printed AI worked as a depth chart. Bonus!

Note: Attached dust collection with your CNC is HIGHLY recommended!


After 30 minutes, and very sore arms from chasing the hogged out material with our shop-vac, we had all the pieces cut and ready for some initial sanding before glue up. You can see here, the side by side of the printed AI file with depth notes and the final face piece.


Below you can see the glued and assembled Porggy Bank, front and back. Next we needed some more sanding.

And more sanding.

And yes, more sanding.

Then the fun part, for K, it was time to paint!



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The Shop Awakens

I've been making these hand-painted galaxy fan-art shirts for a few years, mostly for myself and as gifts, as an experiment I took a batch with me to a recent craft bazaar. That little experiment was a huge success, the only problem being, it's tough to anticipate the sizes and styles people will want. So I started taking orders. And guess what? I'm not the only StarWars fan out there, holding my tickets with anticipation, wanting to make it truly a night to remember...

So, If you'd like to get your very own unique custom painted Star Wars fan shirt in time for the Force Awakens to display your fandom with pride go over to my shop page and order by November 16th. I'll make the shirts and send them out in time for the Awakening.

Specify Falcon or X-Wing in the notes - or if you have a different request contact me before placing your order. Be warned - if I get swamped with pre-orders I'll take it off the shop so I can fill whats come in first...