CNC (computer numerical controlled) cutting is basically the process of using a computer to carve and sculpt designs out of various materials that you’d rather not, or couldn’t possibly, do by hand.

This could be as simple as cutting a nice circle out of wood, engraving your name on a plaque, or even crafting a 3-dimensional topographical model of Aruba. Below are some links to resources and ideas related to CNC routing. Book a time at the lab on one of our Maker Dayz if you want to come try it out, we’ll be happy to show you how it works. Click the videos below to see it in action.

 

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Brief Introduction

 

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DESIGN TOOLS

Easel free CAD & CAM software
MakerCAM free online CAD & CAM
CAD design software options
CAM machine control software options
ReplicatorG open source CNC software
Carbide Create CAD/CAM for Shapeoko 
Carbide Motion Shapeoko interface

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CNC MACHINES

Shapeoko 3 CNC router at Brenchie’s
Carbide 3D makers of shapeoko
Inventables CNC routers
Shapeoko Wiki spindle & router info
Shapeoko Wiki endmills & router bits
Ilan Moyer’s DIY foamcore CNC machine

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PROJECT IDEAS

Shapeoko Wiki how to run your first job
Shapeoko Wiki Inkscape and MakerCAM
​Winston Moy’s CNC adventure
Inventables video tutorial