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CNC Machine


The shop has several 3-axis CNC routers and a CNC plasma cutter. In order to use this equipment, students must complete two basic RhinoCAM assignments.

Once a student is CNC certified, they can sign up for time on the CNC equipment. Files are to be dropped in the CNC submission folder on google drive and checked by shop crew. All appointments are booked by the shop crew, so speak to them first!

Use Policy
  • Slots are booked only by shop monitors, on behalf of students, after file review.
  • A student may book up to four hours consecutively.
  • During heavy use periods, students may be limited to booking at most two of these four-hour appointments per week, booked on non-consecutive days.
  • A booked student will abandon his/her/their appointment if arriving +15 mins late.
  • Stand-by use of the machine is on a day-to-day basis. Students with completed files will be made aware of empty or open slots by the monitors at the time of file review. Do not rely on stand-by use of the machine.
  • Always allow a monitor to “press Go” or start your file.
Required Training

++ CNC routers require the completion of two RhinoCAM tutorial files

++ Intro 2D Walkthrough Tutorial (https://cdn.filepicker.io/api/file/7RD73u98Qq6ur8DQ6Xso?).

(you can also follow a youtube video walkthru for this file here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGjpD0mRh4QcoGyHuuokiggCM2g8DulOz)

++ 3D tutorial (https://d37vpt3xizf75m.cloudfront.net/api/file/3Yd1lePKRSKGmFhHKazr?)

(you can also follow a youtube video walkthru for this file here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGjpD0mRh4QfymlZnB41fKsOFbKMDJnMU)

++ Drop your COMPLETED tutorial files in a folder named with your UNI in: (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KTX3qdJwQaSKc_WzFNfnZZ9jqX1gBvaQ?usp=sharing)

++ Come to the shop and schedule a time to review these files with a monitor!

CNC Booking Schedule
SUMMER 2019 Schedule

To book time on the CNC, bring your complete RhinoCAM files to the Fab Lab.

Material choice is an integral part of the design process that should be considered carefully before fabrication begins. The CNC routers in the shop have the capability to mill a wide variety of materials (with the exception of rubber, glass, and ferrous metals). Common materials to mill include wood and foam, but experimentation is encouraged. Below is a list of places to obtain material.

This online store carries a wide array of tools, supplies, and raw materials. Generally, a great resource for anything from Pet G to office supplies. Usually delivers within two days.
Please note that most end mills can be found on McMaster Carr here.
Visit the Hardware section for more information on end mills.

Canal Plastics Center
345 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-1666
For your plastic needs. Relatively inexpensive acrylic, styrene, etc.

T&T Plastic Land Inc.
315 Church Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-6376
Another great resource for various plastics.

Walker Supply
61 Walker St
New York, NY 10013-3513
(212) 226-5554
A general use hardware store with a wide supply of insulation foam. Call ahead of time to confirm they have the desired size.

Metropolitan Lumber
617 11th Ave
New York , NY 10036
Phone: 212-246-9090

AJO Home & Lumber Depot
610 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(212) 580-8080