CNC Routers

Amount Brand  Build Volume
2 ShopBot Desktop 24″ X  18″ X 3.5″

Because of the intense time and involvement necessary to learn and operate the CNC Routers safely only profile, pocket, or drill cuts are allowed.

First year students may only use the machines during the spring semester with the permission and supervision of a trained staff member (technicians, monitors, TAs, or faculty).

In order to use the CNC Routers, students must submit their proposal to the the 187 Shop Technician for approval at least TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE of their project due date .


VCarvePro ShopBot Edition
VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition provides a powerful but intuitive software solution for cutting parts on a ShopBot CNC Router. There are tools for 2D design and calculation of 2D and 2.5D toolpaths and along with the ability to import and toolpath a single 3D model (STL, OBJ etc.). There is also support to import multiple Vectric Clip Art 3D models (V3M) to create 3D assemblies.

Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware.

Fusion 360
Fusion 360TM is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.

Onshape is a free, full-cloud 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team work together using any web browser, phone, or tablet.

Meshmixer is a free tool for working with mesh models. It is great for mashing together existing meshes and also for preparing files for printing or fabrication.

Project Shapeshifter
Project Shapeshifter is a free technology preview created to assist designers and makers cope with the task of modeling complex 3D printable geometries in a simple way.

Tinkercad is an easy-to-use tool for creating digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed into physical objects. Users are guided through the 3D design process through ‘Lessons’, which teach the basics before moving on to more complex modeling techniques..

OpenSCAD is free software for creating solid 3D CAD models.