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DeskProto® teaches rotary CNC machining with the ‘Nefertiti hack’.

For immediate release, June 2016.

[A new DeskProto tutorial video on advanced rotation axis machining has been released, featuring Queen Nefertiti.]

Utrecht (Netherlands) -- June 16, 2016 -- new DeskProto tutorial video has been released, featuring the bust of Queen Nefertiti of Egypt. The original sculpture is on display in the Neues Museum in Berlin. Earlier this year German artists Jan Nikolai Nelles and Nora Al-Badri have made a 3D scan of the bust and have released the resulting dataset to be downloaded without charge. This very detailed STL file is a perfect geometry for CNC machining, as shown in the new DeskProto tutorial video on Advanced topics for rotary machining.

Nefertiti: original, cad, and CNC machined
Queen Nefertiti: Original (Wikipedia / Philip Pikart), CAD data (AllOverSky) and the Bust that was CNC machined in wood with DeskProto.

"We already had released a tutorial video on basic rotation axis machining, featuring Venus of Milo", says Lex Lennings, DeskProto spokesman. "We were very happy to find this new STL file which allowed us to show some more advanced topics. As anyone can download this geometry we hope to soon see CNC machined Nefertitis in various materials and sizes."

The video can be found on
It teaches how to combine rotary toolpaths with plain XYZ toolpaths, add custom support tabs, deal with undercuts, and much more. It explains all steps that are needed to create the sculpture in wood shown in the illustration. CNC machining proves to be a good alternative for 3D printing, allowing almost any material to be used and producing parts that are both detailed and smooth. And the DeskProto CAM software proves to be a good tool for machining large STL files like this.

About DeskProto

DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems is the 3D CAM program that has made CNC milling a competitive alternative for 3D Printing by making it just as easy. The software can import STL files from any 3D CAD system, and can export NC program files suited for any 3/4/5-axis CNC milling machine. 2D CAM and bitmap machining are possible as well. Key feature is the ease of use: DeskProto is aimed at designers, not (as most other CAM software) at CAM specialists.

Despite its low-end price DeskProto contains many high-end features, like automatic feedrate reduction at high chiploads, collet collision check, full rotation axis support, the two-sided milling wizard, and much more (not all options are available in all editions). Current users range from hobbyists and one-person model-shops to multinational A-brand companies like Unilever, Lancôme, Sony-Ericsson and NASA.
DeskProto is a registered trademark of Delft Spline Systems. For more information visit


The picture is available for download in two resolutions: (600 x 288 pixels, 37 KB). (2400 x 1150 pixels, 433 KB).
Illustration caption: "Queen Nefertiti: Original (Wikipedia / Philip Pikart), CAD data (AllOverSky) and the Bust that was CNC machined in wood with DeskProto."

For more information

For more information on this press release contact Lex Lennings of Delft Spline Systems
Tel +31 30 296 5957, Email

DeskProto is a registered trademark of Delft Spline Systems.