- The Lab houses a Techno Isel 3-axis CNC router with a tool changer
Files Available for Download
- RhinoCAM 2.0 Surfacing Template (available by request from staff)
- VCarve Pro 6.5 Profiling and Pocketing Template (available by request from staff)
- CNC Head Block Rhino file
To use the CNC Router, first schedule an orientation with the Lab Manager or Mechanician and come with a digital model file for review. The CNC has a 4’ x 8’ bed size. Height limitations 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 five steps and may require separate appointments for each one.
- Propose a project and consult on materials and best practices.
- Have preliminary designs reviewed, and discuss file preparation.
- Purchase and process approved materials in the Shop according to instructions.
- Complete final preparation of files and schedule an appointment for the job.
- With the Mechanician on hand, start the job.
- At least one authorized person has to watch the machine at all times while it is running.
- No laptop, mobile device, or ear-buds may be used or worn during the job.
- Eye protection is required and ear protection is highly suggested for anyone in the room while the equipment is operational.
- Stay outside the room while the CNC is cutting.
- Users must clean the entire room after a job has been completed and put all tools back in their proper place. Shop Vacs are available for use.
CNC Approved Materials & Bits
Materials: Foam, mdf, plywood, and wood are okay. With Manager or Mechanician approval you may use plastics and cast plaster but no metal or glass allowed.
Bits: Most all commonly used bits will be provided by the DFL, except for 1/4" up and down bits which are available in the CED Materials Store. For unique cuts, specialty bits may be suggested along with ideas on where to purchase them.