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CNC Router 101

CNC Router 101

Nov 06, 2016 - Dec 19, 2021

CNC Router 101

Time Sun Nov 06 2016 at 10:00 am to Sun Dec 19 2021 at 02:30 pm

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MakerLabs, 780 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, Canada

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CNC Router 101 | Event in Vancouver | CNC Router 101
Learn how to use the CNC Router and created 2D tool paths.

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CNC Router 101

Learn the basics of our CNC (computer numerical control) router. This robotic cutting tool can create parts with complex curves and surfaces out of wood, plastic, soft metal (including aluminum), foam, and other composites.

This orientation will present the whole CNC process, from CAD (computer aided design) to CAM (computer aided machining) to CUT (cutting your part), and each student will get hands-on experience operating the CNC router.

Students will learn how to prepare a simple 2D design, and then use VCarve software to convert your design to a toolpath for the CNC router. This tool allows its user to make intricate signs, custom furniture pieces, and an infinite variety of flat parts which can be assembled to create complex 3D creations.

Included in the class fee is a 30 minute consultation with a MakerLabs staff member, to be scheduled within 30 days of taking class.

Please note, due to COVID-19, the format of this class has changed to allow for social distancing. The first part of the class will be classroom learning as a small group.  After this portion of the class is over, students will have a 30 minute one on one time with the instructor at the CNC Router machine.

We are also implementing the following policies:

  • Everyone must wash their hands upon entering the building.

  • Non-medical masks must be worn for the duration of the class.  Students are required to bring their own masks.

  • Students must bring their own safety glasses or they will be available for purchase at the front desk for $5.

  • Nitrile gloves and earplugs will be provided and must be worn while at the CNC Router.

  • Everyone must practice physical distancing and stay 6’ apart during the class when possible. 


Plywood box (materials provided)


Required: none

Recommended: Inkscape 101, WoodLab 101

Equipment Access

ShopBot CNC Router 



  • Safety glasses
  • Mask
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Remove dangling jewelry
  • Tie back long hair 


  • Hearing protection

Is there an age limit to enter the event?The minimum age for participants is 13 years old with a particpating guardian or 18 otherwise.  

What are my parking options at MakerLabs?MakerLabs' parking lot is located on the east side of the building on the corner of Hawks Avenue and East Cordova Street.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?Please email us at aGVsbG8gfCBtYWtlcmxhYnMgISBjb20= with any questions or concerns.

Can I sign up for the member rate?If you sign up for a membership on the day of the class, you'll receive a refund for the difference between the general and membership class price.

How do I cancel or reschedule my class?Refunds (minus Eventbrite fees) or credit for future classes and orientations will only be provided if we are notified by email to aGVsbG8gfCBtYWtlcmxhYnMgISBjb20= at least 24 hours in advance of the class. For cancellation less than 24 hours before the class, we do not provide a refund but we do offer a 50% credit towards a future class or orientation. No refunds or credits will be provided for no shows.

What happens if I show up late?Please arrive 15 minutes before the schedule start of the class so that it can start on time. Attendees arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be allowed in the class.

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Sun Nov 06 2016 at 10:00 am to Sun Dec 19 2021 at 02:30 pm
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