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CNC Check-out and intro to CAM class
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM (CST)
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 (Check-out, and gcode creation) with the schedule 10am - 4pm both days.
VERY IMPORTANT! if you want to be able to generate your own gcode (so you can cut out something you want) you will need to take both classes, 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 cut your own creations you will need to take both classes,
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 morning: Use and safety training on the machines ( class room, then with the machine(s) )
- Break for Lunch
- Saturday 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 how to acquire the software before class so you are ready to go!
- Sunday morning: gcode creation for 2D, and 3D objects.
- Break for Lunch
- Additional instruction, likely classroom and shop.
- 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! if you will be attending the CAM / Gcode creation class on Sunday, you need to arrive for class with a working installation of the two software packages we will be using. Please have them 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 are reported to work with some coercion under Wine on Linux, but this is not a supported solution, and I can't offer you any help or advice on getting this running beyond what you will find on the Vectric forums.
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.
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.
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