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CNC Guide

A guide to using the Shopbot CNC machine in MAKE ll

ShopBot Desktop CNC

The CNC is now available through reservation at Library 21c during Make II Open Hours. Reservations are for 1 to 2 hours, up to 2 times a month. They can be made up to one week in advance. Walk-ins are permitted - even if both reservations have already been used - however, usage of the machine cannot be guaranteed. See the link at the bottom of this box to reserve the CNC.

In order to use the CNC you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the badging process
  • Minors must have a signed Creative Space Use Agreement on file.
  • Adults must accept the Creative Space Use Agreement terms when making a reservation.

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".