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CNC Router 101

  • MakerLabs 780 East Cordova Street Vancouver, BC, V6A Canada (map)

CNC Router 101

Learn the basics of our CNC (computer numerical control) router. This robotic cutting tool can create parts with complex curves and surfaces out of wood, plastic, foam, and other composites (not including metal). This orientation will present the whole CNC process, from CAD (computer aided design) to CAM (computer aided machining) to CUT (cutting your part), and each student will get hands-on experience operating the CNC router. You will prepare a simple 2D design, and then use VCarve software to convert your design to a toolpath for the CNC router. This tool allows its user to make intricate signs, custom furniture pieces, and an infinite variety of flat parts which can be assembled to create complex 3d creations. Included in the class fee is a 30 minute consultation with a MakerLabs staff fabricator, to be scheduled for a future date.

Plywood gear (materials provided)

Required: none
Recommended: CAD 101 (2D vector design using Inkscape), WOOD 101 (WoodLab)

Equipment Access
ShopBot CNC Router


  • Safety glasses (provided)
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Remove dangling jewelry
  • Tie back long hair


  • Hearing protection
  • Particle filter mask or dust mask


Is there an age limit to enter the event?
The minimum age for participants is 13 years old with a particpating guardian or 16 otherwise.

What are my parking options at MakerLabs?
MakerLabs' parking lot is located on the east side of the building on the corner of Hawks Avenue and East Cordova Street.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email us at with any questions or concerns.

Can I sign up for the member rate?
If you sign up for a membership on the day of the class, you'll receive a refund for the difference between the general and membership class price.

How do I cancel or reschedule my class?
Refunds or credit for future classes will only be provided if we are notified by email to at least 24 hours in advance of the class. No refunds will be provided for late cancellation, but we do offer a 50% credit torwards a future class.

What happens if I show up late?
Please arrive 15 minutes before the schedule start of the class so that it can start on time. Attendees arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be allowed in the class.

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