Make: Getting Started with CNC

Make: Getting Started with CNC

If you're ready to learn what CNC machines are, how they work, and how to use them—but you've been intimidated by the terminology or had no idea what questions to even ask, this book is for you!

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If you're ready to learn what CNC machines are, how they work, and how to use them—but you've been intimidated by the terminology or had no idea what questions to even ask, this book is for you!

Written by the founder of the game-changing Shapeoko project that brought simple, inexpensive CNC machines to the marketplace, this book offers beginners a general introduction to desktop CNC routing and acts as a handy reference for more experienced users.

This book flattens the CNC learning curve, kick-starting the reader’s own journey into personal digital fabrication by offering a basic overview of affordable, hobbyist-level computer-controlled routers. No prior CNC knowledge or experience is required—you don’t even need CNC access to complete the exercises in this book!

With This Book, You'll Learn:

  • How to build a wooden racer and add a motor — even if you don't own a CNC
  • How to speak and write in G-Code, the language your machine understands
  • Practical machining tips you can put to use immediately
  • All about end mills and cutting, as well as CAD styles and opportunities
  • What a toolpath is and how it helps you create

Plus you'll get ideas for toys, signs, carvings, games, furniture, jewelry, resin molds, circuit boards, metal creations and inlays — even vehicles and houses!

Meet the Author

Edward Ford is a Maker. He was the kid that took his parents' TV apart to see how it worked, along with the toaster, fridge, and any other thing that he could wedge a screwdriver in to. He is a staunch advocate for open hardware, open source software, and making the world a better place by empowering people to create their own high-quality products. Edward wants everyone to be their own manufacturer. In 2011 Edward designed and released Project Shapeoko, an open hardware desktop CNC machine. The project is now in its second release and has found a home in thousands of Makers' shops all across the world. Outside of work, you can find Edward spending time (aka playing!) with his two young daughters or checking items off the never ending honey-do list his wife has assigned him.