Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Making Your Own 3-Axis Cnc Router With John Knight

Dates: 6/14 - 6/20

Cost: $975
Deposit: $400

Masters Fellowship

Have you ever thought how nice it would be to be able to cut parts on a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router? Well here is your chance. In this week long class, John will lead you through the process of building your own CNC router. In some respects, building a CNC router is similar to building a piece of furniture. Component parts are made and then assembled into a finished project. The week will start with each student constructing a control panel with all the electrical components required to drive their machine. Students will be taught how to read electrical control schematics in order to mount, wire, and test their control panels prior to mounting them on the machine. After the control panels are complete and the panels are mounted in an electrical enclosure, mechanical erection of the machines will begin. Once the machine is mechanically built, the electrical controls are connected to the machine and the machine is ready for testing.

However, building and having a CNC machine is only part of the process in cutting parts on a CNC. Part of the week will also be spent on using and programming your new CNC router including the use of G-Code and M-Code programming, macros, and the use of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) tools. This will be a busy week with evening sessions to discuss programming, operations, holding of parts, setups, maintenance, and machine safety.

Key Points:

Working with structural aluminum and aluminum plates with woodworking tools
Learning to read electrical schematics
Building electrical control panels
Wire your own CNC router
Use of RS-274 G-code and M-code programming
Coordinate offsets to align program coordinates with machine coordinates
Setup and Cutting of Parts on a CNC router

Note - $975 tuition is tuition only, Basic Unit Materials Fee based on Unit choosen

Basic Units Available
Basic 2' x 3' $3,600
Basic 2' x 4' $4,500
Basic 4' x 4' $5,100
Basic 4' x 8' $6,400

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.

Public Registration begins December 1, 2015. Please check back then to register online.

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