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CNC Milling Machines

How to access this tool

Drop-in use

Drop into the workshop during our opening hours to use this tool, but ask a technician if you need any training first.

Key information

Yellow tools require further training. Training will be available either in the form of a bookable tool training session, or by dropping into the space and making an arrangement with a technician.

A CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machine works with an input of coded programmed instructions, also known as a CNC toolpath. The toolpath guides the machine’s rotating multi-point cutting tools, which progressively remove areas of a piece of material from a workpiece. This computerised milling action allows you to produce an intricately machined object out of a solid block of material, which is why the CNC is often used to make custom-designed parts or products.

Please note

Our CNC machines have 3 axes.

What can I use this tool for?

CNC machines are ideal for producing lots of different objects that would be too complicated to machine by hand; from functional machine parts and design prototypes, to relief moulds, artistic sculptures, composite models and a lot more.

Materials used with this tool

  • Various - Woods, Plastics, Jesmonite, Foams, Some Soft Metals (sheet form only)

What training do I need to use this tool?

If you have a project that you are you are considering may require the use of a CNC, please come to the workshop during opening hours and speak with one of our technicians. We use Autodesk Fusion 360 to create CNC toolpaths and we will show you how to use this program to prepare your own toolpath file.

Please note, due to high demand we only train members on the CNC who come to us with a specific project that requires the use of the CNC.

Technical specifications

Specification Details
Bed Size: 500 x 400 x 125mm
Spindle Speed Range: 400 – 12,000 rpm
Maximum Feed Rate: 125 mmps
Spindle Motor: 400 w