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A CNC router is a machine that uses a computer-controlled system to cut, carve, and engrave materials such as wood, plastic, and metal.

To create parts, there are several steps:

Design: The first step is to design the part or product you want to create using computer-aided design (CAD) software. This software generates a 3D model of the object and creates a set of instructions for the CNC router to follow.

Material selection and preparation: Select the appropriate material for the object you want to create and prepare it by cutting it to the right size and attaching it to the router bed using clamps or vacuum suction.











Program setup: Load the design file into the CNC router's computer system and specify the cutting parameters such as speed, depth, and tool path.

Cutting: The CNC router uses various cutting tools, such as end mills, drill bits, and saw blades, to cut the material according to the design file. The router head moves along the X, Y, and Z axes based on the instructions provided by the computer program.

Finishing: After the cutting is complete, the material may require additional finishing processes such as sanding, painting, or polishing.

Quality control: Inspect the finished product to ensure it meets the design specifications and quality standards.


We offer the CNC router process for plastic, aluminum, and wood. The process is similar for each material in many ways, but there are some differences due to each material's unique characteristics.

Plastic: Materials offered: We offer PVC, acrylic, polycarbonate, and HDPE. The cutting parameters for plastic are kept slower than for wood or aluminum to avoid melting and warping, and the depth of cut is kept less than for wood or aluminum to avoid chipping and cracking. End mills with sharp edges and a high number of flutes are used for cutting plastics, and V-shaped router bits can be used for engraving and carving.

Aluminum: Materials offered: Common alloys used with CNC routers include 6061 and 7075. For aluminum, the cutting speed should be faster than for plastic or wood to prevent the material from galling, and the depth of cut is kept less than for wood to avoid tool breakage and vibration. Cutting Tools: Carbide end mills with a high helix angle are used. Lubrication is used when possible to reduce heat and tool wear.

Wood: Material selection: Oak, maple, birch, and MDF. Cutting parameters: The depth of cut can be greater than for plastic or aluminum. Cutting Tools: End mills with a high number of flutes and a sharp edge work well for cutting wood. V-shaped router bits can be used for engraving and carving.

A CNC router can produce high-quality and precise parts from a wide range of materials.


FAQ: What are the advantages of the CNC router over a CNC milling machine?

  1. Versatility: CNC routers are more versatile than CNC milling machines as they can work with a wider range of materials, including wood, plastic, foam, and non-ferrous metals, while CNC milling machines are best suited for hard metal cutting.

  2. CNC routers can typically operate at higher speeds than CNC milling machines, allowing for faster production times and higher throughput.

  3. CNC routers can produce high-quality cuts and engravings in a range of materials, including 3D contours, whereas CNC milling machines are generally better suited for producing precise flat and angular cuts.

How are parts quoted? The hourly rate for running a CNC router can vary depending on several factors, such as the complexity of the job, the type of material being cut, additional design work and programming needed to run the job. Industry standards run from $50 to $150 more per hour.


What CNC router do you use?

We use the Shark HD510 it is well-regarded by many users for its features, performance, and ease of use. Some of the key factors that make the Shark HD510 a good CNC router include its Large work area having a large 24" x 36" cutting area, which is ideal for cutting large parts or multiple smaller parts at once. Sturdy construction it is built with a heavy-duty aluminum and steel frame, which makes it rigid and stable during cutting operations. Powerful motor: The router is equipped with a powerful 2.25 horsepower motor that allows it to cut through a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, and aluminum. The Shark HD510 comes with the Shark V carve CAD/CAM software, which is. The software includes a range of features, including 2D and 3D design tools, toolpath creation,

and simulation. Dust collection: The router comes with a dust collection system that helps to keep the workspace clean and prevents dust and debris from interfering with the cutting process.

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