CNC equipment, unlike 3D printing, is a cutting process. 3D printing is an additive process. CNC is subtractive.
There are two main “flavors” of CNC:
- Cutter-based CNC machines (multiple axis)
- Laser-based CNC machines (multiple Access
CNC Videos to Watch
Our first CNC router is a Sainsmart/Genmitsu 3018. Here’s a good build video from over on YouTube:
This is just going to get the machine set-up.
The next problem is How do we get it to do something highly useful?
For that, there’s a great video on YouTube from Steve on the GuruBrew which runs down the process. This will gobble up some time, but I’d recommend wading through the intro — not just5 clicking to the let’s build it part — because he lays out a lot of the common pitfalls:
Once you’ve done the Intro, time to move on to the next episode…
You can fine other GuruBrew videos and it’s a quick way to learn.
Which, seing as we don’t all have 60,000 hours to become full-on Takumi…we’ll take all the shortcuts we can find!