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The Bellingham Makerspace has a few hobby level CNC routers... all are currently usable.
Subcategories: Shapeoko and X-Carve


X-CarveThe 1000mm X-Carve has a cutting area of 750mm wide x 750mm deep x 65mm tall (~29.5 x 29.5 x 2.5"). It can through cut material up to ~32mm/1-1/4" thick and engrave material up to ~57mm/2-1/4" thick. The JCPL X-Carve Quick Start (2MB PDF) provides a step by step guide for setting up and routing a project (note: we don't have a z-probe).

Easel is the free online 2.5D CAM software for the X-Carve. A good place to start is the Learn Easel in 4 Minutes video. Using V-bits (V-Carving) to achieve 3D effects requires Easel Pro which can be used 4 days per month for free (paid monthly and day passes also available). True 3D carving using Fusion 360 (free for startups and hobbyists) appears to be somewhat involved.

X-Carve Troubleshooting and FAQ's
Easel videos, guides and tutorials
Projects - video tutorials and many ready to go things to make w/ the X-Carve.

See also: X-Carve (Makerspace usage, how-to's, etc.)
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Shapeoko 3 XXL

Shapeoko 3 XXLThe Makerspace Shapeoko has a cutting area of 838 x 838 x 76mm (~33 x 33 x 3").

The Shapeoko is now using Estlcam for CAM and/or motion control. The machine can cut and/or engrave imported DXF (incl. layered), SVG, STL and G-code files. Estlcam CAM is not as user friendly as Easel, but it has numerous features that make more advanced projects possible.

04/22: While the tool list could use work, the machine is fully functional. Features include 3-axis probing, auto on/off router and dust collection, emergency stop, jogging pendant and new spoil/waste boards with alignment dowels.

See the Shapeoko page for details.
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Lobo CNC

Lobo CNCThe Lobo CNC is a small sheet metal framed CNC mill built from a kit that is no longer available. It has pretty much disappeared from the internet and I have no idea how complete the archived site is.

Ben has this machine up and running.
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