What CNC router applications/substrates are best for a beginner?

  • Operating a CNC machine is relatively simple once you get the basics down. Whether you are cutting acrylic, aluminum, wood, or rigid foams, the operations are the same.
  • Most shops start out cutting 2-D parts. These types of designs are straightforward to draw and tool path. As you grow with the machine, you may decide to play with three-dimensional engraving or carving. This type of work requires more skill to draw and tool path.
  • Standard CNC equipment can route most any material found in a typical shop: acrylic, Lexan, HDU, rigid foams, wood, non-ferrous metals, gatorboard, choroplast, thicker PVC products, and many more.

Steve Alvarez

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