Orientation: ShopBot CNC Router - Two Day Class

Orientation: ShopBot CNC Router - Two Day Class

Learn the basics of using our ShopBot CnC router. This 2-part class takes you through the process of creating a basic design and then walks you through the machining process. Day 1 of class focuses solely on the software (VCarve Pro), and day 2 gives you hands on experience with the machining process. The ShopBot can cut 2D, 2.5D, and basic 3D in materials like wood, metal, foam, and plastic in sizes up to 8’ x 4’ including full sheets of plywood, great for furniture and fabrication projects.

This 2 Day class is a tool clearance class for Idea Foundry members. Day 1 consists of following along with the instructor on a provided laptop to create a basic design, and getting familiar with the CAM software. In day 2 you will take the file you made in the first class and attach it to the CNC machine and cut it out.

Day 1 runs 2.5 hours long. Day 2 only runs an hour per student and you confirm your time slot with the instructor during class.

Instructor  Luke Howard

Great For

Skills Toolbox

  • Overview of Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

  • Process for creating a part to be cut, and creating the tool paths on the ShopBot to cut them

  • Upload “part” file to ShopBot

  • Attaching cut material to work surface

  • Learning to “zero” the machine and set z-axis

  • Running the machine to cut the part

Tool Clearances

  • Our ShopBot CNC router

(Idea Foundry workshop members who have taken this class are cleared for independent use of these tools in the shop. Learn more about membership here.)

Pairs Well With

Once you’ve taken this orientation, you can take on your first project with our Project Lab: Basic Sign-Making on the ShopBot. Not only do you recieve hands-on ShopBot training from an expert, you also work on finishing your sign to give it those extra little touches.

Plan Your Visit

All materials and safety equipment supplied.  Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to participate, and sturdy footwear (e.g. tennis shoes or boots) is recommended. Plan to arrive for class about 10-15 min early and check in at the front desk.  Our main entrance is on State Street, with parking lot entrance on State St. as well. IF parking and street parking available.


Idea Foundry Member - $75

Non Member - $90

Upcoming Dates

  • MARCH 26 | 9:45PM
  • APRIL 10 | 9PM
  • APRIL 22 | 9PM
  • MAY 7 | 9PM