Rapid Prototyping: CNC Router
Computerized carving for 2d and 3d projects
********SUMMER BREAK HOURS**********
During the summer, all shop users must email studio staff in advance to schedule their shop use.
Current Students, Faculty, and Staff may reserve and use the CNC Router after completing a CNC orientation.
Users will first book a "file prep" appointment to have their file inspected by studio staff. Once your file has been approved by staff and has tool paths created for it, then studio staff will manually book your cutting appointment. Both reservations may be booked 1 week in advance, so allow up to 2 weeks for your manufacturing timeline during high use time periods.
Due to academic program needs and the large volume of students that this space supports, the CNC Router is not available to for alumni access.
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About the Rapid Prototyping: CNC Router
The CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) Router is a 3 axis tool is capable of cutting and carving materials up to 3 x 48 x 96 inches in size.
The CNC Router can accept files designed in a variety of 2D and 3D modeling platforms. The primary CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software that we use to drive the machine is RhinoCam.
Specializing in These Materials
- Insulation Foam
Tools and Equipment
- Multicam 3000 CNC Router with 6 bay automatic tool changer
- How to reserve Rapid Prototyping Studio Equiptment
- Multicam CNC Router Orientation and Guide
- Rhino Cam Tool Library for Student Use (updated Mar 2018)
- File Setup
- Patron Portal - Tool Reservation System
- Getting Started with RhinoCAM (PDF):
- RhinoCAM 2.5- 3 operation set up video:
- CNC handbook
- CNC basics Guide
Users must attend an orientation to be allowed access to any of the equipment in the Rapid Prototyping Studio including the CNC Router. A full list of currently scheduled orientations will be listed on the calendar posted to this page. Orientations will not be scheduled during the final 4 weeks of the semester to accommodate student use of the equipment. There are 2 types of orientations:
Open Orientations: Any user (student, staff, and faculty) may attend an "open" orientation, which are scheduled frequently throughout the semester. Sign ups for Rapid Prototyping Studio orientations are NOT required. To attend, please be on time and sign in on the attendance sheet; users who are more than 5 minutes late will not be allowed to attend.
Class Orientations: A class orientation is a private or closed orientation organized by a faculty member for their students in a specific class. The RPStudio requires a minimum of 1 weeks notice to attempt to schedule your classes orientation. Faculty may request to schedule a "class" orientation by submitting this Rapid Prototyping Studio Orientation Request Form