Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9:00am-1:00pm | Price: $75.00 | No Prerequisite

This course is designed for for students with no prior CNC experience. You will learn about the variety of machines available, the software options, all the possible applications from cabinets to sign making, how to set up the machine and how to choose the correct bits for the job.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • • Where CNC came from where it’s headed
    o Hobbyists, production shop, ‘short cut’ to better designs
    o Computer aided design v Computer aided mfg (CAD / CAM)
    o Currently available type of machines and accessories
    o Wood, MDF, Aluminum,
    o Software, Rhino, Vectric, Aspire, Easel, importing other files
    o Convergence of 3D printing, CNC, Laser…’we’re all of the same mind’
  • • X,Y and Z
    o Total travel v usable space
    o Limited dimension for Z challenge
    o 2D, 3D, flatpack, gadgets
  • • Vectors
    o Open v closed
    o Duplicate vectors
    o Layer vectors
  • • Toolpaths
    o Sharp corner hysteria
    o Putting 10 lbs of stuff into a 5 pound bag, why bit size rules the cut
    o Up spiral bits, down spiral, flycutters, chippers…
    o Onsrud, Amana, Whiteside and others
    o The importance of zero
    o Cutting to the exact or cutoff
  • • Running the design
    o Speeds, feeds and plunges (chip removal)
    o Drilling v routing
    o Keeping your work on the machine, ‘life it tough’
    o Dust collection v chip collection
    o Noise protection, V-carving, MDF, hard wood
    o You only think you know where the cutter is going