Introduction to X-Carve and CNC Skills

  • January 11, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • HatchSpace 35 Frost St, Brattleboro, VT
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Introduction to the X-Carve and CNC Skills

Curious about the x-carve? Come learn how to use the x-carve, a hobby-level CNC router that uses a Dewalt trim router and is controlled by free software. The x-carve can be used to do a wide range of  two-dimensional milling. There is a huge community of x-carve users that share tips, tricks and project plans on the internet. In this class you’ll be introduced to the basic operation of both the x-carve machine as well as how to control it through the Easel cloud-based software. Two hours of learning time, and one hour scheduled during one of Hatch’s Shop Class formats for individual follow up with an instructor?

In this class you will:

Become familiar with the x-carve machine and how to:

  1. Change bits in the router

  2. Calibrate the “home” position

  3. Clamp material to the cutting surface

  4. Attach the dust collection system

  5. Activate the emergency shutdown

Become familiar with the Easel design software and learn how to:

  1. Setup a free account at inventables to use Easel

  2. Design simple two-dimensional cuts

  3. Modify CNC settings for different bit sizes and wood hardness

Following completion of the class you can design a project and schedule a 1 hour session with the instructor to supervise and assist you in cutting your project. This initial project must be relatively simple and approved by the instructor for this purpose. 

Successful completion of this course will lead to opportunities to use the CNC for independent project development.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10 am to 12 pm- $45

Instructor: Steven Vannoy

Steven Vannoy took his first woodworking class at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts in 1990. He has been an amateur woodworking enthusiast ever since. Steven enjoys making musical instruments of all kinds. With a background in computer programming the CNC was a natural tool for him to be drawn to. He is currently psychology professor and is excited to teach hands-on woodworking skills at Hatchspace.

HatchSpace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization  •  35 Frost Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301  •  •  (802)257-3935
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