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There are several CNC machines available at makersmiths and each one has their own settings and usage scenarios.  

Roland Modela MDX-40

Open Builds CBeam

CNC Plasma Table (Archived)

CAD and CAM

There are a lot of different options when it comes to CAD and CAM software available.  We currently use the following tool chains

  • Fusion 360 - CAD and CAM in one.  This is available for non-commercial use for free and is a reasonable cost for commercial use.  For more information and to download https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview
  • VCarve Pro - Easy to use CAM software especially for 2d and 2.5d objects. We have a Makerspace License Edition available for users to use.  This allows users to install the client on your local laptop and then run the final files on the computer that will be connected to the CNC machines. VCarve supports output to the Roland and 
  • Roland Tool Chain

End Mills

End Mills for Makersmiths CNC machines may be purchased at the following locations and/or websites:

Leesburg:

Woodcraft has an assortment of end mills & router bits; many suitable for cutting wood

Web Sites:

Kodiak Cutting: http://www.kodiakcuttingtools.com/

Think & Tinker: http://www.precisebits.com/

 

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