CNC Route

The school purchased a Professor HDX 2ft by 3ft CNC Router for the lab in 2017. The students will use it to make all sorts of projects.

Use the following link to MAKE: website to read about the basics of CNC Routing 

V-carve Software

The following tutorials are to help you get started using Adobe Illustrator and then outputting the file to the Laser Engraver.  

VCarve Basics – Creating a Coaster
VCarve Basics – Tool Path Creation (Coaster)

Using the CNC Router

Once you have created a tool path for the project you are going to create, it is time to go to the CNC Router to make it.

Uploading your project to the CNC Router
Securing the material to the table
Installing the tool needed
Homing the XYZ axis
Starting the Job


Tooling, Speed, Feed Settings

MaterialTool TypeSpindle SpeedFeed Rate
MDF Cutting0.25" Upcut18000100ipm
MDF EngravingBullnose18000100ipm
MDF LetteringV-groove18000100ipm
Pine Cutting0.25" Upcut18000100ipm
Plywood0.25" Downcut18000100ipm
Aluminium0.25" Upcut18000100ipm
Lexan0.25" Upcut18000100ipm

SPEED/FEED Calculator

Cutting Aluminium – Feed/Speed Calculator

Inventor to CNC

Inventor is 3D modelling software.  Use the following tutorials to get from a 3D model in Inventor to the CNC Router for 2D and 3D applications 

Inventor to V-carve tutorial coming soon – YouTube