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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.

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NOTICE!

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

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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. Importing Bitmap Files

Intermediate VCarve Pro

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

Advanced VCarve Pro

  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

Operation

  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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