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So You Want to Buy a Router CNC?Upcoming

Dec 11, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Pacific

What You'll Do:

Are you considering buying a router-type CNC?  If so, understanding the different types of machines, the basic concepts in using CNC, the additional tooling required, the software toolchain involved, and a host of other issues are critical for making the right decision.  This class will dive into:

  • The different types of CNC
  • The software toolchain from idea to cut
  • The anatomy of a CNC
  • Different materials and how the CNC can work with them
  • The types of tooling (bits, clamps, dust collection, etc.) you need to  be successful
  • CNC operations like pocketing, VCarving, drilling
  • The criteria you should use to assess different CNC options

Hosted by Tim Deagan, a contributing author to Make: magazine, this 3-hour class will provide you with a solid understanding of what a router-type CNC can do for you and what you need to be prepared for to make the best use of it.

Skill Level:

Anyone interested in purchasing a router-type CNC (as opposed to a CNC metal mill, or plasma CNC.) Prior experience in woodworking, digital fabrication software, or other digital fab tools is useful bu not required. This class can't teach how to use specific software packages or detailed level of CNC ops in the time alloted, but it will give you an understanding of the tools you'll need and what they'll do for you.

Skills you will learn:

This class will provide a solid basis for determining how to pick the right CNC for you, the likely costs involved, the additional things you'll need to buy to make the CNC useful, and the software you'll need to understand to make use of it. The fundamental skill will be gaining confidence in your decision and being able to assess your options.

What is Included:

  • A free membership to Make: Community
  • Access to discussion forums and community groups
  • Post event access to session recordings

** Tickets are nonrefundable **

About your Facilitator:

I'm a maker and author with a deep passion for digital fabrication. I hand-built my first CNC in 1989 and have been working with them since. I was an early tester of the ShopBot Handibot. I have written 'Modern Leatherwork for Makers, Traditional Craft Techniques meet CNC and 3D Printing' about using digital fabrication tools like CNCs in combination with hand leatherwork. I have a plasma CNC, 2 router-based CNCs, laser engraver, and multiple 3D printers and have made custom GRBL instances that some of them run.


  • Tim Deagan

    Tim Deagan (@TimDeagan) likes to make things. He casts, prints, screens, welds, brazes, bends, screws, glues, nails, and dreams in his Austin, Texas, shop. He’s spent decades gathering tools based on the idea that one day he will come up with a project that has a special use for each and every one of them.

    See me on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet Show! https://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Daily-Planet/video?vid=1395405

    Tim likes to learn and try new things. A career troubleshooter, he designs, writes, and debugs code to pay the bills. He has worked as a stagehand, meat cutter, speechwriter, programmer, sales associate at Radio Shack, VJ, sandwich maker, computer tech support specialist, car washer, desk clerk, DBA, virtual CIO, and technical writer. He’s run archeology field labs, darkrooms, produce teams, video stores, ice cream shops, consulting teams, developers, and QA teams. He’s written for Make: magazine, Nuts & Volts, Lotus Notes Advisor and Databased Advisor magazines.

    Tim collects board games, Little Mermaid stuff, ukuleles, accordions, tools, watches, slide rules, graphic novels, art supplies, hobbies, books, gadgets, and sharp and pointy things. He owned, and escaped from owning, a 1960 Ford C-850 Young Fire Equipment fire engine (though he kept the siren). Tim paints, sketches, sculpts, quilts, sews, and works leather. Tim has climbed antenna towers, wrecked motorcycles, learned to parasail, and jumped out of perfectly good airplanes,

    Tim has been or is a boy scout, altar boy, Red Cross disaster action team captain, volunteer firefighter, flyman, Wocista, Flipside burner, actor, Austin Mini Maker Faire flame and safety coordinator, lighting tech, ham radio operator (KJ8U), musician, and licensed Texas flame effect operator. Tim has studied Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu with Sensei Rick Fine, and Tomiki Aikido with Sensei Strange.

    Tim loves his wife, his daughter, his dogs, and his friends, and feels very lucky indeed to be able to write all the lists above.

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Details Price Qty
Buying a CNC $20.00 (USD)  


Buying a CNC
  • Dec 11, 2021 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Pacific)
Cost: $20.00
Age Range: 18+
Have questions or comments? Email us at makercampus@make.co

Maker Campus session recordings will be made available to all paid registrants.
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