Cheese Embosser Project

I was going to just cut some circles in scrap HDPE to make followers for my cheese press. The followers are used on top of the cheese in the mold while the cheese is pressed. Usually the last pressing is for several hours and then you remove the cheese to age. While I was learning the CAD/CAM software, I thought I might as well up my game a little and make it interesting. So I put a ‘J’ on top of the follower in reverse so it shows up on the finished cheese roughly 1/16″ deep in the surface. Here are some pictures of the finished product. I might have to do a little surface cleaning prior to using. For the mill I used an off the shelf Dremel 1/8″ router bit. This tooling doesn’t make for the prettiest of surfaces but it definitely gets the job done.

DIYLILCNC embosser made for pressing cheese.

DIYLILCNC embosser made for pressing cheese - Profile view

Here are a couple of videos of the cutting process.

DIYLILCNC working its magic doing the horizontal roughing.

Final Profiling and cutting out the circle from the stock.

Now just to clean it up and get some cheese made!

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