Using a computer to precisely control a router to cut and engrave wood is at the heart of CNC. The Member Shop acquired a Shapeoko CNC, an XXL with 33"x33" bed and Dewalt router and a Shapeoko 3 with 16"x16" bed and Makita router. We offer a CNC Basics class over eight hours and a CNC with VCarve Pro class over 16 hours. These classes will teach you how to competently and confidently use this tool with your woodworking projects.
The key to these classes is practice. You will use the CNC from the very first session and by the end you will have completed several projects.
To design your projects and to define your cuts each class uses different software. CNC Basics uses Carbide Create while with CNC with VCarve Pro you will receive a license to Vectrics’ VCarve Pro (Windows-only). Our goal in each course is to build confidence through practice. Consequently Shop members will receive EXTRA Shop slots so that you have extra time to practice during and after the course.
A CNC is a computer-controlled tool so we require proficiency with computers. Familiarity with computer design is desired but not required. There is homework prior to each of the 4-hour class sessions. Lastly, before receiving your certification for independent use of the Shop CNC you will complete an independent project.
When you complete this class you will have the confidence and competence to design and cut wood using the Shop CNC.
If you really want to know how to use a CNC then this is the class for you.
This class is available to members and non-members alike.