Shopbot CNC Router (PRS Standard)
The CNC router can cut materials like wood, plastics, foam, and even soft metals such as aluminum. Some examples of things that can be made on the CNC are signs, furniture, cabinetry, carvings, props & set components for theater productions, and even jigs/fixtures for manufacturing applications.
Quick Start Guide:
Cutting/Movement Area – 105” x 49” x 8”
File Types – .EPS, .SVG, .DXF, .DWG, .STL (3D files can be imported into VCarve for carving purposes)
Software – VCarve Makerspace Edition*, Fusion 360, SolidWorks*. Members of the fab lab can get a version of VCarve installed on their personal PCs, and can also get a version of SolidWorks via their fab lab membership. You can design for the Shopbot using 2D Vector/Graphic Design Software or 3D CAD.
*contact fab lab manager for info on downloading software
Free/Low Cost Software:
Some examples of free or low cost programs:
2D Vector/Graphic Design:
- Tutorials for Shopbot + Fusion 360
- SolidWorks (see fab lab manager for download instructions)
- Onshape – (web based) –https://www.onshape.com/products/free
- Nearly any 2D and 3D files can be imported and used on our CNC router. Reference our Epilog Laser page for URLs.
These projects usually include all the information that you need to complete a project, including the design files and what materials to use.
Community, Free Projects
Project of the Month
- Etsy.com – search ‘cnc router files’
Free furniture plans:
CNC Router Tooling Info
Great video about different router bits:
Good resource on figuring out feeds and speeds: