Reserve up to two hours per day on the CNC router, and four hours total per week. For longer jobs, please check-in with staff before starting your project. All reservations stop 30 minutes before closing for cleanup.
You can also come in to see if the CNC router is available for walk-ins, if the machine is not reserved it is available on a first-come, first-served basis!
About the equipment
About the CNC
Our Carvey CNC router. This machine carves wood, MDF, and other materials, even some metals, using a router bit and an online computer program called Easel. It can cut materials up to 8 inches wide, 12 inches long, and 1.5 inches deep. We provide several types of bits for different kinds of cutting.
Patrons will provide their own items to be cut/engraved. We have included a list below of allowable materials. Patrons will also need to have files in order to create the cutting tracks. The machine uses an online program called Easel to prepare files for cutting. See the section ‘How do I set up my files?’ below.
We provide the bits required for all allowable materials including smaller, more precise printed circuit board bits for making circuit boards.
Be prepared to spend your first session working on your file and testing! MakerSpace staff can help you with settings and some amount of setup. Also know that since this method cuts materials, you may want to bring scrap or extra for your first project.
Check out our section above called ‘How do I set up my files?’. Basically, you can create files using the free software Easel by importing SVG files into it. You can also download cutting projects from various sources on the web including Thingiverse and Inventables.You can find many SVG files online or make them using software like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, or Corel Draw (you can find all of these in the MakerSpace).
Don’t know how to use the software? Check out Lynda.com with free online tutorials for all patrons with a library card!
- Wood (hard and soft woods of any natural species, including plywoods)
- Aluminum (safe limits must be followed)
- Machinable Circuit Board Blanks
- Expanded PVC
- Machinable Foam
- Machinable Wax