In this induction you will learn
The CNC is fitted with an emergency stop.
This can be activated to bring the machine to an immediate stop in an emergency.
Note -if the machine is turned OFF mid operation, wait 1 minute to turn ON. After activating emergency stop, needs to be homed.
The CNC router is capable of directly causing death or serious injuries, including amputations, fractures, de-gloving, lacerations, contusions and crush injuries. The hazardous parts of the machine are:
The gantry can move at over 10 meters/min and weighs over 100 KG.
It can hit with enough force to knock a person over, or trap and mangle a limb.
Refer to you assessment handout.
The induction contains a introduction to VCarve to become familiar with creating tool paths and design orientation. We are going to make a simple stool from pre designed .AI files
Export your file from illustrator (or other program) as a DXF.
As of August 2017 we have moved to using Vcarve for inductions.
You can download Vcarve Pro and authorize it with The Edge's makerspace code.
Create a new document
Define the Job
Make sure your material dimensions match your Job dimensions. For he inductions we use 1200x1200x15mm sheets of ply.
Ensure your Z Zero position is the Machine Bed
Import your first DXF shape.
We need to check if the vectors need to be joined wtih the join tool.
If you see open vectors, close them.
Your shape should be solid black
Import your next shape - if it has separate parts - group to move all together.
You Can move them easier using the move tool
The router follows the tool paths to cut.
Select the tool type you would like to use -For the induction we use the 6.35mm upspiral.
These are the settings which the router uses to operate. It is up to YOU to set them correctly and double check any existing settings.
Set the depth in the path dialogue.
In the tool 'edit' menu set:
Click Save as.. if the tool path will be repeated or Ok when done
When all the tool paths are created, select the output button(G1). In this menu you will be able to choose the strategy in which the machine will operate
Changing the tool is an operation only to be carried out by a Fabrication Lab Supervisor.
If a piece is moving or get stuck in the extractor.
Note -if the machine is turned OFF mid operation, wait 1 minute to turn ON.
Move the machine head clear Use the extractor as a vacuum to clean debris Turn of the vacuum bed remove your job blow off bed with compressed air sand back wasteboard