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Brad Smith
Woodshop Supervisor
Frostic School of Art
bradley.smith@wmich.edu
269.387.2462
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CNC Router/Digital Fabrication

What is CNC and Digital Fabrication?


A CNC router is a tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials.  You use software to design your parts on the computer, then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts. 

A CNC router is like a large plotter that moves pens around the surface (in X and Y axes) to create a drawing. Only a CNC router moves a cutter around a big table (X and Y axes) and moves it up and down as well (Z axis) allowing it to make 3D movements and cut all sorts of shapes. The cutter looks like a drill bit and is spun by a motor called a router. Unlike a drill bit, a router bit is designed to cut from the sides as well as the tip. By precisely moving the cutter through material, a CNC tool can create virtually any pattern or shape and will do it in materials such as wood, MDF, plastic, foam and other composites

The user is charged a fee for CNC use appropriate for the work being performed.


Click here to view the process for using the CNC Router