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Introduction to the CNC Router

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Sessions Offered September (Saturdays, September 22, 29, 2-6pm) and October (Saturdays, October 27th and November 3rd)! 

This workshop is for anyone interested in using a CNC Router for digital fabrication, specifically the ShopBot machine for computer-controlled cutting and routing. The course covers an introduction to the ShopBot, Computer-Aided Design software to design projects for the machine, creation of 2D tool paths for the machine using PartWorks, and basic machine operation and safety.  You will learn how to safely operate the machine on your own, so that you may use the machine independently after completing the training and signing up for membership. 

Our machine is a ShopBot PRS standard 96 with a cutting area of 96" (x-axis) x 48" (y-axis) x 6" (z-axis). The machine is capable of machining 2D parts (profile, pockets, drilling) and making 3D carvings.  This workshop only covers 2D tool paths, not 3D carvings.

This workshop consists of two parts, 1 3-hour instructional session and a followup session on the machine where you run a project on the machine. 

September Instructor: Larry Zagorsky

October Instructor: Katie Gradowski

While it's not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design



Advanced Wood Projects.  Saturdays November 10 and 17, 2-6pm.  Go further with your CNC project!  This workshop is designed for students who have already taken "Introduction to the CNC Router" and want to explore more advanced processes and techniques. Processes covered may include V-carving, 3D cutting, multi-face carving, inlays, and multi-step processes. 

About Our Space

Location and Parking

AS220 Labs is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island on the 1st and 2nd floors. The shop's entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way (Martha Street on GPS and computers); ring the bell by the double doors. There is 2 hour metered on-street parking available, bring your quarters. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.

Important Class Policies 
Please be respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn, and arrive on time. If you are more than a half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you. Plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking.
To cancel your reservation, you must email at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.

Cancellation of Classes
If minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible.

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