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Homework for Shopbot CNC router

  • TinkerMill on Delaware Pl.

    1840 Delaware Pl., Longmont, CO (map)

    40.155224 -105.122520

  • Homework required for training on the ShopBot CNC router will allow more makers to be trained in a shorter period of time.  With our limited resources we are asking that classroom time be moved to homework to prepare for actual operational training.  Here is the assignment:

    1.  Download the software used for operating the machine at 

    2.  Design a project by either using the built in vector drawing package or import a vector file of your own for developing a tool path.

    3.  Use the tools in the software package to create a tool path.

    4.  Use the simulation feature to run your tool path virtually. 
    (Note, you will not be able to save your tool path.)

    5.  Take a screen shot of the simulated tool path and email to [masked].

    After completing this step you can be scheduled for hands on training on the ShopBot.  When coming to training you will be required to have a 2-D project in vector format (.dxf, .dwg, .eps, .ai, .pvc, .skp).  Tooling using v-carve or 1/4" straight bits will be available for purchase.  You can also bring your own tooling to fit 1/8", 1/4" or 1/2" collets.

    I looks like you can save your vector files created in the drawing tab of V-Carve.  Try it, if it works you can use that file during the hands on portion of the class.


    The one-on-one class/checkout will take 3 to 4 hours. 

    You will need to bring the following to the one-on-one class:
    - The material you want to use for your part.

    - DXF file of the part you wish to cut out.

    - $100 for the class fee -  this will also get you two of your own bits. One 1/4" straight cut bit, and a v carve bit.

    - Any special tooling that you might need for your file. Currently we only have the two tools mentioned above. We do have 3 different collets if you wish to bring special tooling: 1/2", 1/4" and ~1/8".

    - Knowledge of speeds and feeds for the tools you will be using. Look online for some suggested speeds and feeds. We will also review these before we start cutting.

    This class will only cover the 2.5D manufacturing. We will cover 3D parts in a separate class (will probably be much shorter).Let me know what works for you.

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  • Joy L C.

    I'm confused. The class doesn't meet on December 26 and is completed based on the individual's homework? I ask because I'm not going to be here on the 26th but I want to learn how to use the CNC router.

    2 days ago

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