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 CNC (CNC)
 
   
CNC103: Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU

Are you ready to start making your own professional quality heat pressed shirts at TechShop?

In this hands-on class, you'll learn all the basics of using our heat press to add your own graphic designs to shirts, blankets, flags, bags and more!

Learn to use the computer-controlled (CNC) vinyl cutter and heat press in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Import vector (outline) designs from graphic software such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW into FlexiStarter, the software used to control the vinyl cutter. Next, use the CNC vinyl cutter to cut an adhesive vinyl sheet into professional looking signage or ready-to-apply paint masking as well as heat transfer vinyl for heat pressed shirts. This is a great tool for making screens for silkscreen printing, too!

Project: Custom t-shirt or tote bag

Prerequisites
  • Required: Understanding of vector-based graphics

  • Recommended: COM201: Adobe Illustrator for CNC, COM207:CorelDraw for CNC
Equipment access: Vinyl cutterEquipment access: Silkscreen station

Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU
(Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU)
Friday, 8/14/15 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
CNC201: CAD to CAM Software - VCarve Pro & Cut3D

In this information packed, hands-on, computer class you will learn the ins and outs of working with both VCarve Pro and Cut3D software packages.

VCarve Pro is an easy-to-use CNC toolpath engine that generates precision toolpaths for virtually all CNC machines. You'll learn how to convert CAD DXF files and graphic designs into GCode-based CNC toolpaths for machining high quality parts and components.

Cut3D is a dedicated toolpath engine for CNC machining 3D models that have been designed using a 3D CAD software such as Autodesk Inventor and other graphic design products. Cut3D's simple interface leads you step by step through the process of loading a model, setting the size, workholding, and calculating single, double- or four-sided roughing and finishing toolpaths. It will even allow you to virtually preview the results of your toolpath and then finally save the CNC code to run on your choice of machines.

Upon successful completion of this class you will have the experience and knowledge necessary to enroll in any Level 3 CNC Machining Series class.

Prerequisites: None!

Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

1 session currently scheduled:
    CAD to CAM Software - VCarve Pro & Cut3D Saturday, 8/1/15 10:30 AM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
CNC302: CNC ShopBot SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the computer-controlled (CNC) ShopBot router to cut objects, parts or art designed in 2D or 3D CAD. This powerful tool is perfect for rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. Create parts with complex curves and surfaces from most woods, plastics, foams, and other composites (no metal on this machine). This class teaches the use of the machine, but does not cover CAD drawing or toolpathing. VCarve Pro (CNC 201) is a good starting point for people new to CAD and CAM.

Materials fee: Includes materials for the class project and a router bit for each student to keep.

Project: Wooden gear

Prerequisites: Use of CAD and CAM software like VCarve Pro - CNC 201, Basic Woodshop SBU - WOD101 are recommended.

Equipment access: CNC ShopBot router

Safety
    Closed toed-shoes are required. Remove dangling jewelry, wear short sleeves, and tie back long hair.

  • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask


Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    CNC ShopBot SBU Thursday, 7/30/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    CNC ShopBot SBU Wednesday, 8/5/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    CNC ShopBot SBU Thursday, 8/13/15 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
CNC320: CAD to CAM Software - HSMXpress

Autodesk Inventor HSMXpress is a 2.5D CAM package that tightly integrates with Autodesk Inventor 2014 or later. It is a powerful CAM package, yet learning it is straightforward.

The software can be downloaded for free from Autodesk.

There are three versions of Autodesk HSM:
  • Autodesk Inventor HSMXpress (this class) for 2.5D machining
  • Autodesk Inventor HSM, a more powerful version that allows 2.5D and full 3D machining
  • Autodesk Inventor HSM Pro, an even more powerful version supports up to 5 axis machining

    Prerequisites: None!

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

1 session currently scheduled:
    CAD to CAM Software - HSMXpress Friday, 8/7/15 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
CNC401: CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to safely operate the waterjet cutter, one of the most powerful tools at TechShop.

Precisely cut almost any flat material with a very thin, high pressure stream of water and abrasive garnet. Work with everything from the thinnest sheet metal to 8 inches of granite, as well as wood, glass, tile, marble, and more. This extremely versatile, easy-to-program, and low-waste machine works without the risk of heat damage. The large bed accommodates full sheets of material.

Class time is split between learning the FlowPath software and using the waterjet.

Note: When using the FlowJet, a consumables fee will be charged, only for cutting time, not setup time. The waterjet cuts quickly and cost estimate strategies will be covered.

Project: Gear-shaped bottle opener

Prerequisites
  • Required: Understanding of vector-based graphics

  • Recommended: CAD to CAM experience
Equipment access: Waterjet cutter

Safety:Closed toed-shoes are required. Remove dangling jewelry and tie back long hair.

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 3 sessions currently scheduled:
        CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU Thursday, 8/6/15 5:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $185.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $230.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU Saturday, 8/8/15 1:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $185.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $230.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU Wednesday, 8/12/15 5:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $185.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $230.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.