Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Make Your Own 3-Axis CNC: Let the Future Begin with John Knight

Dates: 7/22/2017 - 7/28/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $1100
Deposit: $400

Masters Fellowship

A CNC can be a valued addition to any shop. It can perform repetitive tasks such as boring holes for 32mm cabinets, create a jig or template, add carving to embellish any piece, perform engraving tasks, or even machine soft metals. The week will begin with learning to read and understand the electrical schematics for each students personal machine. Participants will be taught how to mount, wire, and test the electrical components prior to installation on their machine. After the control panel is complete and the panel is mounted into an electrical enclosure, mechanical erection of the machine will begin. Once the machine is built, the electrical controls are connected and the machine is ready for testing. Building and having a CNC is only part of the process in cutting parts on a machine. Class time will also be spent on using and programming the new CNC router including the use of G-Code and M-Code programming, macros, the use of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) tools as well as part, multi-part set up, clamping, and safety. This is a challenging 7 day class that includes work and instruction into the evening hours. There will be a one day meeting several weeks prior to the full week class that all students are encouraged to attend. During the meeting there will be discussions on different machine types, motors, drives, spindles, probes, pendants, and other options available for your machine as well as how to order parts and materials.

"This was one of the best classes ever done at MASW. It was amazing to witness the building of the control panels, let alone the building of these incredible machines".

Key Points:

  • Learning to read electrical schematics
  • Building electrical control panels
  • Wiring your own CNC router
  • Using RS-274 G-code and M-code programming
  • Coordinating offsets to align program coordinates with machine coordinates
  • Setting up and cutting parts on a CNC router
  • CAD/CAM programming
  • Building your own machine so that you can repair and maintain your equipment

NOTE: Materials fee depends on table size
24x36 standard machine $3500.00
48x48 standard machine $5300.00
48x96 standard machine $6500.00
24x48 Professional machine $6200.00
48x48 Professional machine $6800.00
48x96 Professional machine $7800.00

NOTE: These prices are plus computer and router, but DO NOT include a licensed version of Mach3 or Mach4

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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