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== Intermediate ==
== Intermediate ==

Revision as of 07:01, 28 April 2019


REMEMBER To Reserve Time!

Various tools such as the Epilog laser, 3D Printers, and X-Carve CNC need to be reserved before using the tool. Click here for the MakerFX Tool Reservation System.



This machine can be dangerous if used improperly resulting in serious bodily injury or damage to the machine. Minors are prohibited from using the X-Carve CNC without the supervision of a trained and certified MakerFX member. The use of the X-Carve CNC machine at MakerFX is limited to only those individuals who:

  1. Have attended a training class
  2. Been certified to use the machine
  3. Take the necessary safety precautions such as wearing close toed shoes, safety glasses and snug fitting clothing.

Step 1: Design in VCarve (or Import Design)

Step 2: Prepare Design for X-Carve

Step 3: Operate the X-Carve

Xcarve machine.jpg

Beginners Start Here

  1. Install VCarve Pro - FREE for MakerFX Members
  2. What is a vector?
  3. VCarve Pro Job Setup
  4. Example sign and toolpaths?
  5. Bits and End Mills for Beginners
  6. MakerFX How-to: V-Carve Tutorial

Importing Designs

  1. Importing STL Files
  2. Importing DXF Files
  3. Bitmap to Vector


  1. Gadget library - make designing easier
  2. Basic Text Project


  1. Intro to 3D Carving
  2. 3D Carving Workflow with Tool Change
  3. V-Carve Inlay Technique

Project Ideas

  1. Forum at Inventables
  2. Projects at Inventables
  3. Free Projects Files at Vectric


  1. X-Carve 1000mm CNC Router
  2. MakerFX How-to: Squaring the X-Carve y-axis at startup
  3. YouTube: V Bits Explained
  4. YouTube: Endmills and Collets Explained

Router Bits (aka Endmills)

  • Note: CNC Users must purchase and use their own tooling
  • Below are links to some getting started bits
  • Starter Kits
  1. Whitside 1/4", Router Bit Starter Kit, 5-piece
  2. Amana Tool Starter Kit, 8-piece
  • Individual Bits
  1. Whiteside 1/4", 2 Flute, Down Cut Spiral Bit (RD2100)
  2. Whitside 1/4", 2 Flute, Up Cut Spiral Bit (RU2100)
  3. Whiteside 1/4", V-Groove 60-Degree Router Bit

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