Digital Fabrication Lab

Routers & Mills

Photograph

Lab Equipment

  • The Lab houses a Techno Isel 3-axis CNC router with a tool changer

Files Available for Download

  • RhinoCAM 2.0 Surfacing Sample
    Download this file to see a sample project and use it to insert your own model and stock onto the designated layers. Notice the models of the two tools, be sure that cracks and holes in your model are not too steep or deep to hit the upper part of the tool holder.

  • Rhino Template for Profiling, Pocketing and Drilling (2.5D)
    Download this file to see a sample project and use it to insert your own cut outlines and stock onto the designated layers. Read the notes inside for important layout and preparation guidelines. 

Scheduling CNC Router Job

To use the CNC Router, first schedule an general orientation with Staff using a Staff Consultation reservation using the DFL Online Scheduler.Links to an external site. If possible provide a digital model file for review. The CNC has a 4’ x 8’ bed size. Height limitations for the stock/model are more complicated and may vary depending upon project dimensions, tool choice, and tool path design; these are covered in detail during a special CNC orientation. A CNC job has four steps and may require two to three consultations to complete.

  1. Make the first Staff Consultation Appointment in the online schedulerLinks to an external site. Propose a project and consult on materials and best practices. Learn about machine limits and create a plan for the job with the chosen materials. Plan for purchase of materials from the material store and preparation of stock with Shop if ready.  
  2. Make the second Staff Consultation Appointment. Submit file for model review. Finalize stock prep plans.
  3. Make the third Staff Consultation Appointment for final model and prepared stock review and processing. Submit file (adjusted if necessary) for processing. If file a stock processing and preparation is successful make an appointment for job to be done from available times. 
  4. Set up with staff and sit for the duration of the CNC job at the appointed time. Clean up CNC room upon completion of job.

CNC Materials 

Blue Foam stock (~4" x 12" x 24"-Can be set side by side if needed max 24" x 24"),
Plywood, and wood (bass, poplar, maple) are okay sourced and purchased from the materials store. 

Bits: Most all commonly used bits will be provided by the DFL. For unique cuts, specialty bits may be suggested along with ideas on where to purchase them.

Completed work will be placed for pick-up in an assigned locker located in the Shop Yard adjacent to the Digital Fabrication Lab, 279 Wurster Hall