I know we have a backlog of folks looking to start using the CNCs. Even though we don’t have a perfect training curriculum planned out yet, we’d like to just start doing trainings and design the curriculum as we go.
How it works
- You need to already know a CAD package reasonably well. Most of the trainers use Fusion 360 but you could use something else if you prefer.
- You also need to self-study and learn the world of CAM by watching @Lukeo’s online presentation and the other youtube videos he’s linked in the resources above.
- You will get paired with a trainer for 1-on-1 consultation over slack. Discuss what project you want to attempt first. We’ll help you assess feasibility, machine choice, material, work-holding strategy, endmill selection, etc.
- Do your CAM and send it to us for review. If you use F360 you can share the project. We can go back and forth a few times until we’re satisfied it’s going to work.
- We schedule a couple hours in person to use the machine to cut your project.
Once you’re trained on one machine, you will only need a casual orientation on the other machine. Currently the two machines we can use are Lukeo’s wood CNC (for wood and plastics) and the 6040 (for plastics and aluminum).
The point of the training will be to get you started in safely using the machines and understanding the workflow. Your first project may not turn out very well! This is the beginning of a big CNC learning journey. As trainers we’ll do our best, but we’re not experts.
This training (and the CNC machines) are for current VHS members only. If you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for??
$100 fee will go entirely to VHS
(In the future the CNCC may skim a bit of this for expenses directly related to training)
Luke Cyca (@lukecyca):
Luke Brooks (@Lukeo):
Reuben Zilberberg (@Reuben):