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The CNC milling machine uses FlashCut CNC SoftwareHere is a link to their manuals: http://www.flashcutcnc.com/support/product-manuals
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The MakerSpace has multiple options for CNC /routing/milling tasksThe first level is the use of the "Carvey" CNC router, which is very easy to use and can work with both wood and plastic materials. On the second level is the Tormach PCNC 770 which is capable of extremely high-precision and working with more difficult materials such as aluminum and steel.
  
Our hardware includes a Model 501A Signal GeneratorA copy of the manual is [[here]]
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Because of the training requirements for the Tormach PCNC 770 mill, it is generally not considered a "Rapid Prototyping Tool"For more information on training, please see the "CNC Tools" section under [[Safety and Manuals]].
  
The User's Guide for the control software, v.4.5, is  [[here]]
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For information on safety and [[PPE]] requirements for each machine in the MakerSpace, see the [[Job Hazard Analysis]] forms.
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==Carvey CNC Router/Mill==
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The Carvey is a very fun and simple machine to use.  The interface and layout system is incredibly easy and there is no referencing of the material necessary.  If you simply add your material to the system and use the "Smart Clamp", most other settings will be handled without questions. [http://carvey-instructions.inventables.com/ A tutorial on using the Carvey can be found here.]
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You must use the "Easel" system to load the [[g-code]] into the Carvey.  Easel will create its own g-code based on your drawing, or you can import your own g-code from another CAM software system (such as [[Autodesk Fusion 360]]
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Our primary milling machine is a Tormach PCNC 770. Here is a link to their website: http://www.tormach.com/product_pcnc_770.html
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Here is a link to a pdf download of the machine manual: https://www.tormach.com/uploads/394/PCNC770-3-UM-B1-4-pdf.html
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We are capable of machining wood, plastic, and any metal up to and including steel.
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We recommend that you watch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TecC9_nwpUw this video]] if you are unfamiliar with machining as a whole, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bupr_IR-_Pk this video series]] to gain a better understanding of machining techniques.
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We will be updating this site with guides and tutorials for CAD, CAM, machining and other topics in the following weeks and months.
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For the time being, we recommend that you design parts in [[http://makerspace.tulane.edu/index.php/AutoDesk_Fusion_360 Autodesk Fusion 360]].
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==Micro Mill==
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The smaller CNC milling machine uses FlashCut CNC Software.  Here is a link to their manuals:  http://www.flashcutcnc.com/support/product-manuals
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Our hardware includes a Model 501A Signal Generator.  A copy of the manual is [http://makerspace.tulane.edu/Uploads/Signal-Generator-501A-Manual.pdf here]
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The User's Guide for the control software, v.4.5, is  [http://makerspace.tulane.edu/Uploads/FlashCut_CNC_4.5_Users_Guide.pdf here]-->

Latest revision as of 19:53, 18 May 2022

The MakerSpace has multiple options for CNC /routing/milling tasks. The first level is the use of the "Carvey" CNC router, which is very easy to use and can work with both wood and plastic materials. On the second level is the Tormach PCNC 770 which is capable of extremely high-precision and working with more difficult materials such as aluminum and steel.

Because of the training requirements for the Tormach PCNC 770 mill, it is generally not considered a "Rapid Prototyping Tool". For more information on training, please see the "CNC Tools" section under Safety and Manuals.

For information on safety and PPE requirements for each machine in the MakerSpace, see the Job Hazard Analysis forms.

Carvey CNC Router/Mill

The Carvey is a very fun and simple machine to use. The interface and layout system is incredibly easy and there is no referencing of the material necessary. If you simply add your material to the system and use the "Smart Clamp", most other settings will be handled without questions. A tutorial on using the Carvey can be found here.

You must use the "Easel" system to load the g-code into the Carvey. Easel will create its own g-code based on your drawing, or you can import your own g-code from another CAM software system (such as Autodesk Fusion 360