Learn how to use a CNC router to cut 2D and 3D objects out of a variety of materials.
The class will have two parts (Machine Check-out, and CAM gcode creation) with the machine introduction and check-out scheduled for 1pm - 5pm Saturday and the CAM workshop from 10am - 2pm on Sunday.
VERY IMPORTANT! The CNC introduction class is just to demonstrate safe and proficient use of the machines, and everyone will be cutting a pre-selected file that I have prepared. To learn to make and cut your own creations study the tutorials referenced below and come to Sunday's workshop ready to work, there will be limited lecture and lots of hands on support
Intro to CNC, CNC overview and safe use check-out
Attendees will be provided a 2D gcode file, and need to demonstrate proficiency, by safely cutting the part on the machine.
- Saturday first thing: We will begin with a quick demonstration of how the machines work in the shop
- Saturday early afternoon: Then we'll cover the safe operation of the machines, and CNC concepts and terminology in the classroom
- Saturday late afternoon: individual user check-out on the machines
Intro to CAM, 2D and 3D Computer Aided Machining (CAM)
Attendees will be given an overview on how to use 2D and 3D CAM software to generate the gcode or tools paths that the CNC machines use to cutout parts. Please see the important notice below on accessing the software before class so you are ready to go!It is highly recommended you bring a laptop to Sunday's workshop. To work with 3D files and 3D CAM you must have a Windows computer, or a computer with Wine installed, and have installed the Vectric Cut3D software
- Sunday morning: gcode creation for 2D, and 3D objects.
- Break for Lunch
- Sunday afternoon: individual help with gcode creation, user check-out for those who couldn't Sat afternoon and cutting of files for the code creation group.
Important! Before attending the CAM / Gcode creation class on Sunday:
You need either a working installation of the two software packages from Vectric Software below, or alternatively have access to the web based MakerCam, please note that MakerCam is for 2D files only. For the Vectric software, please have the programs installed and ready to go prior to arrival. The software can be downloaded from the vendor Vectric Software, and installed for a 30 day trial.
The applications we will be using are Cut2D and Cut3D, they are both Windows applications. Both work quite well under Wine on Linux, but this is not a vendor supported solution, there will not be time to help get your installation running during class.
Please note that there are also excellent tutorials on this same page, due to the class size and brief time available, I recommend you get the software well ahead of class and spend some time with the tutorials to get the most out of the class.
This is the first time I will be teaching MakerCAM for 2D parts. It is pretty intuitive and the workflow to use it is similar to that of Vectric Cut2D. MakerCAM is open source software and you can use it to create your gcode from anywhere with any computer you choose.
What can you make with a CNC Router?
lots of things this is a link to a gallery of a few things I have cut with the CNC Router I built have been building for the last several years.
I look forward to seeing you all in class.
When & Where
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