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.