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CNC Guide

A guide to using the Shopbot CNC machine in MAKE ll

ShopBot Desktop CNC

The CNC is located at Library 21c and is available during Make II Open Hours. The machine is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no time limit on how long it can be checked out during those times, however it must be cleared off and turned off by the end of Open Hours.

In order to use the CNC you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the badging process
  • Have a Makerspace waiver on file

What you will need:

  • You will need to bring your own materials. Currently, we allow acrylic sheets and any domestic wood.
  • You will need to create or find your designs. Acceptable file types include: *.svg, *.ai, *.png, *.jpg, *.dxf. Other file types may work, but PPLD cannot guarantee compatibility with the software.

PPLD will provide:

  • PPLD will provide all of the router bits. Please talk to a staff member if you need specialized bits.
  • Access to VCarve Pro, the software needed to create toolpaths.
  • Screws and clamps.
  • Drills and screwdrivers.

There is no cost for using the machine. The maximum size for materials is 24" x 18" x 2.5".