It didn’t take long. By the time I got this blog posting organized, the class was already filled. Never fear, there will be additional classes in the near future.
The class will be concentrating of getting members certified to use the two CNC routers we have.
The small router, “Mini-Chop” was primarily designed for mechanical etching of circuit boards. Its super precise control of the Z axis also makes it great for engraving Romark type plastic. This is the material with a thin top layer of plastic over a thicker base of a different color.
We also have “Robo-Chop”, designed and built by member George Carlson. This machine has a 26×48″ build space and a 3HP water cooled spindle. It is on loan until we can purchase our own high-end CNC router.
Both routers use the Mach3 control system, so operation is pretty much the same for both machines.
The course will be taught in three sessions. Session one is an introduction to CNC routers, operation and tooling. The second session is all about V-Carve, the software used to design objects and create tool-paths. In the last session we will cut the homework assigned in session 2. Everyone will get a chance to show-off what they can make with an 8×10″ piece of MDF.
Emails will be sent out as soon as the next class is scheduled.