New CNC machine tested in Makerspace
CNC machines can make very accurate engravings and cuts of plastics, wood and light metals
(link above is a short video of our first CNC cuts on our new Carbide 3D CNC)
We have a new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine in the Makerspace. CNCs have been around for a long while now, but typically they were not particularly accessible or safe for home or office use. In truth, what we have at the Makerspace is a baby CNC - but it's still pretty cool to be able to engrave and machine small parts while still being able to hold a conversation nearby (and not annoy the other building tenants!). See below for the results of our first few tests engraving perspex.
We learned a few things from these first tests - 1) we need a new flatter baseboard to replace the piece of scrap we used and 2) we need to purchase a few more CNC bits to handle the different types of cuts we will need to do (we've already ordered some), and finally and importantly, 3) the material to be cut needs to be very flat and level (esp. when engraving to a low depth).
If you are interested in this sort of machining, drop by the Makerspace at one of our upcoming meetups https://malenymakers.org/events/tag/meetups.html