Woodbury offers students access to a large format CNC router at both campuses. With the ability to create 2D and 3D parts with extreme accuracy, cnc operations fit well in the library of machines in the Making complex.


PURPOSE

CNC routers have long been a digital tool used in the academic setting of design. The machine has the ability to quickly mock up full scale prototypes, make highly detailed site models and sculpt molds for casting parts. The learning curve is steep but once the nature of the process is understood, students find it incredibly useful.

HARDWARE

TECHNO LC+ 4896

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  • Los Angeles
  • Bed Size: 48" x 96" x 10"
  • Auto Tool Changer & Vacuum Bed
  • Capabilities: Profiling, Engraving and 3D sculpting
  • Cost: $15 per hour ($15 minimum)

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  • San Diego
  • Bed Size: 48" x 96" x 10"
  • Capabilities: Profiling, Engraving and 3D sculpting
  • Cost: $15 per hour ($15 minimum)

USE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completion of DFL-1 orientation.
  2. Proficiency in a 3D modeling software.

OPERATION

CNC Routers are used to cut out flat shapes (Profiling) such as gears and screens or making reliefs (2.5D sculpting) such as molds or topographies.

PROCESS

FILE PREPARATION

import scaled geometry into template file  >  sett proper layers  >  follow setup directions in the template file

running operation

prepare file  >  print and fill out form  >  schedule and show up to consultation  >  schedule CNC appointment with staff member  >  bring material to appointment  >  watch machine during operation  >  clean CNC room

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MACHINE RESTRICTIONS

  • Maximum material dimensions : 48"wide x 96"long" x 5"thick.
  • The amount of detail able to be achieved is dependent on tool size and time.
  • 3 axis CNC routers are not able to machine "undercuts". Refer to guide for details.

MATERIALS

Wood (dry)

  • Plywood
  • MDF (formaldehyde free)
  • Softwood Lumber
  • Hardwood Lumber

FOAM (rigid)

  • Styrofoam®
  • High Density Urethane
  • Precision Board®
  • Renshape®
  • Corafoam®

PLASTIC

  • Cast Acrylic
  • Sintra®
  • HDPE
  • ABS

METAL

  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Aluminum (sheet only)

OTHER

  • Corian®
  • Wax
  • Cork

PROHIBITED MATERIALS

The list below makes note of the most important materials to avoid. If a student is unsure if a material can be routed, they should consult a Making Complex staff member.

BANNED

  • Ferrous Metals (steel, stainless steel...)
  • Extruded Acrylic (plexiglass®)
  • Engineered woods with formaldehyde

GUIDES AND TEMPLATE FILES

The following links will allow you to download our machine use guide and template file to help you successfully prepare your files. 

POLICY REMINDERS

All students intending to use the CNC router must follow the above process.

TEMPLATE FILE AND FORM MUST BE COMPLETE BEFORE CONSULTATION

Staff are not able to perform any of the setup steps for students.

Material brought to the appointment must be exactly what is indicated in the Template File.

Any tool not within our provided library must be purchased by the student.

Student using the machine must stay in the CNC control room while the machine is running.

STUDENT MUST REMAIN WITH MACHINE WHILE RUNNING.

After a work session is complete the student must clean the CNC room to perfection, even including any mess that is not from their job.

STUDENT MUST CLEAN THE ENTIRE CNC ROOM BEFORE LEAVING THE FACILITY.

Machine setup performed by staff begins at the start of your appointment and takes from 15 to 45 minutes depending on operation.

SERVICES

Orientations - The Making Complex offers machine specific training to it's users on the first six weekends of each semester. Continue to the Orientations page to learn about any prerequisites and instructions on how to sign up.

Technique Demonstrations - WSOA Faculty can request technique demonstrations for their students by email their facility's manager.