Tic Tac Toe Board

Project Overview

Project Submitter

Kerry Marshall, Oconomowoc High School

Appropriate Education Levels

High School


Equipment Required

3D Printer


Hand Tools

Time Required

4 hours


Tic Tac Toe Board

  1. Download the 1_TicTacToe.dxf file.

  2. Open VCarve and select Create New from the left side menu.

  3. Set the board dimensions to 12"x12" with a height (z) of 0.75" to the upper left and the XY Datum Position at the lower left with the unit in inches.

  4. Then import your .dxf file.

  5. It may not show up in the visible area so zoom out to find it using the roller ball on the mouse.  Select all of the drawing by making a box around it.  Then drag the drawing the lower left of the work area using the button in the Edit Objects menu.  

  6. Select all parts of the drawing again and select the "Join Open Vectors" icon to make sure that you will be able to form your toolpaths and clicking Join.

  7. Open the Toolpaths toolbar on the right side of the page.  You may want to pin this open by clicking on the pin at the top so that it stays open.

  8. First create the toolpath for the pockets by selecting the inner squares and then the "Pocket toolpath" button.  Set the depth for the pocket to 0.25" and follow the inside of the line.   

  9. Under "Tool" make a new bit profile by clicking "Select..."  then "Copy...".  Name the tool 3/8" Compression Bit, Tool Type = End Mill, Diameter = 0.375 inches, Pass Depth 0.85 inches, Stepover 0.15 inches, 40.0 %, Spindle Speed = 14000 r.p.m., Feed Rate = 4.0, Plunge Rate = 1.0, Tool Number = 1.  Click OK.  

  10. Everything else stays the same.  Calculate. Check your work by clicking "Preview All Toolpaths" on the menu that comes up next.  If everything looks ok, click Close.

  11. Next click back to the VCarve Pro-ShopBot Edition tab at the top to return to your drawing.  Select the outside line by clicking on it.  Create the toolpath for the outside edge of the board by clicking the Profile Toolpath button.   Set the start depth to zero (0) and the cut depth to 0.85" so that it is slightly deeper than the 3/4" material being used.  This will ensure that you cut all of the way through the board.  Select the 3/8" Compression Bit  for the Tool in the Wood section of the Tool List.  The Machine Vector should be set to Outside/Right and nothing else will change.  Click Calculate.  You will get a warning message here, click OK.

  12. Preview all toolpaths to make sure that the pockets will cut first and then the outside edge.  Click on the check box next to Toolpath List and then back to the VCarve Pro-ShopBot Edition to see the direction of each toolpath.  Click Close.

  13. Save the Toolpath by clicking on the button.  Be sure that both the Pocket and Profile paths are selected.  Check the box "Output all visible toolpaths" and save the toolpaths as a .sbp file onto a flash drive.  Click Close.

  14. Bring your Flash Drive into the ShopBot room.

Tic Tac Toe Game Pieces

  1. To make the X's and O's for your board download the 2_X & file.  This file is intended to be used with 0.25" acrylic but you may also choose a different material.


Customizing the Tic Tac Toe Board

  1. You may engrave the back of the board which can be done using the 3_Tic Tac file.

  2. You may also create a vinyl border for the face of the board using the file 4_TicTacToe Vinyl Border.cst.  

  3. You may also want to create a box to keep your board and pieces in using BoxMaker.

Related Files

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