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CNC routers

  1. Complete a CNC “test file” that certifies your basic understanding of RhinoCAM.

  2. Once certified, submit your files for job requests.

  3. Ask a shop crew member to schedule a time for you to cut, when cleared.

Test File Queue: TEST FILES

Normal File Queue: NORMAL FILES

Use Policy
  • Only students who have completed the certification file may submit jobs for the queue. Students working in groups may submit files under the UNI of a certified group member.
  • Students must attend (stay in the shop), or have a group member attend, the cutting of your part
  • CNC files can take a long time to cut. While we don’t have an official job length or weekly use limit, the shop will exercise discretion at allowing long files. you can/should ALWAYS ask for help in making your file shorter or quicker
  • Resources for learning RhinoCAM and completing the test file can be found below
  • The form for submitting your test file for initial certification can be found HERE
  • The form for requesting jobs to schedule and cut can be found HERE
  • The crew will check your file after submission, but you will need to visit the shop to book a time on the machine. Only shop crew members can book slots for you.
  • Certain materials are not allowed on the CNCs, including LDF/MDF/HDF, ferrous metals, rubber, glass, and very thin plastics. Consult with shop crew to see if your material is allowed.
test file + training resources
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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