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3-Axis CNC Machining 101

A start-to-finish run down of the Blacktoe CNC router.

Interested in learning how to run a CNC machine? Do you have a big project in mind? This course will show you how to cut 3D objects up to 24X48IN wide and 3IN thick. At the end of this class you will be able to take a 2D sketch or a 3D surface model and make a product on the Blacktoe router. This course will use pink insulation foam to make various projects without breaking the bank (or the machine!). If you have a specific project in mind, we will have the opportunity to go over "next steps" to get you moving in the right direction.

This class will discuss some of the projects that are best made on a 3-axis router including:

-Wood engraving
-Metal etchings
-Outdoor/Garden projects
-Thermoforming molds
-Casting molds

Topics will include:

-Importing your CAD model
-Creating a tool path
-Generating G-code
-Material options
-Selecting the proper cutters
-Best practice while cutting
-Basic machine maintenance

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  • Mike B.

    Anybody know when the CNC Machining 101 is going to get going again?

    February 24, 2015

    • bo

      The new 3axis is being set up in the next couple weeks. Once that is ready to run, and a clean workspace in the shop, we will offer the class again. Check back in about a month.

      February 24, 2015

    • Mike B.

      Super! Thanks Bo.

      February 24, 2015

  • Mani M.

    Please notify me for the next class, Thanks

    November 27, 2014

  • Steve S

    Bo, when do you think you are going to run next CNC class?

    April 3, 2014

  • Steve S

    Could we please have a sign up for everyone for the next CNC classes? Then when the classes are scheduled, you randomly pick 3 people from the list. Once again, I was not informed of this class until after it was not available. More and more, limited space conferences are using this lottery system to assign seats!

    1 · November 25, 2013

    • Ted M.

      Steve - we make technical classes and events available first to Members (keyholders). If you're an Associate, your sponsor has the option to notify you about the class. Otherwise the rest of Nova Labs and Nova Makers Meetup registered users see the event when announced. Chat up your sponsor so they can be on the lookout for this course and others that interest you.- ted

      November 26, 2013

    • Steve S

      Folks, I did not mean my posting to sound like a personal complaint, nor question the order of which the classes get filled (Members, Associates, so on). These classes are greatly appreciated, especially since the teachers are offering their time for free! I am personally amazed with the quality of training in our Maker Space. I was trying to offer a positive suggestion. For example, traditionally Apple's Tech conference makes no announcement when the tickets became available. For the past 2 years, they have been selling out in a couple hours (5000 slots for about 20,000 people who want to attend). This year, Apple has started using a lottery system, where people sign up for 3 weeks, then the tickets are assigned randomly. This way people know about the conference, and get a equal chance to get the few slots. When we have classes with limited space but heavy interests, perhaps we could handle it the same way. - Steve

      November 26, 2013

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