Big jobs take big tools
CNC Routers for the win.
Use Mach 4 to drive the router
CNC Routers rock
A bit of space for sheet goods storage
Community in bits and bits
Dust Collection is a must with CNC Routers
We are batty for CNC Routers
Our industrial-quality CNC router at Ace Makerspaces was inherited from a guitar maker in 2012, brought from Santa Cruz to Oakland, and is now used by our members. This large CNC router is capable of making complex curves and shapes in panels up to 5’ x 6’ at speeds of 200 inches/minute and finds use on projects of all sizes.
We continue to upgrade the CNC router with new features and parts. In 2016, it was improved with better dust collection, resurfaced to create a level working surface, and given a new central control box. This year we also created two videos on the Basics of CNC Router Operation to share with all maker spaces, and held classes at AMT on how to use ours. As with our other large tools, members can join the approved user list by watching the videos or attending a class and demonstrating competence.
Training and certification
Notice: Ace is restructuring our CNC-Router education offering in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. We hope to begin a combination of virtual and modified on-site offering mid-August.
The CNC router requires that you either take the two-day class or get one-on-one training from the steward prior to use.
More details about our large CNC router can be found on the wiki here: Large CNC Router