*Maximum: 2 hours over a 1-week period
You may cancel your appointment easily by removing it from your calendar.
The X-Carve table-top router does not require a reservation.
Ready to use the CNC Routers? Head over to the check-out window, ring the bell, and a staff member will assist you!
Permit Requirements are enforced with wiscard swipes or m-passes.
College of Engineering faculty and staff are not required to pay the materials fee though they must have a CoE permit.
Learning Modules (Optional!) Join the course in Canvas.
This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.
The Laguna and xCarve routers both run gCode created in V-carve (PC only).
The UW Makerspace has a license that will let you create tool paths at home (before you come to the makerspace).
Follow these steps to get the UW makerspace version of Vcarve:
- Download the trial versions of Vcarve here. (Download v11 Trial)
- In the trial version go to “Help – About”, press “Enter Makerspace ID” button on the dialog and enter the UW Makerspace ID 92C2F-2BAE0-A645E-207E7-9E911-31644-1D7F6 (Note: Makerspace ID was updated on 12/19/22).
- Restart Vcarve.
The last page of this PDF has the same instruction with images.
Note: The Makerspace Version of Vcarve does not post gCode. This is intentional, trained makerspace staff will check your tool paths before posting code to run on our machines.
Start with this “Wing Spar” tutorial here to learn how to cut 2D profiles.
Vectric, the maker of Vcarve, provides very good tutorials here.
Makerspace Tool Library for V-Carve
A tool database for V-Carve with preset feeds and speeds for common materials can be found here. Currently this database only has imperial end mills.
To use this database you will have to have V-Carve installed (see Software above).
-In V-carve go to the Toolpaths panel and select Display Tool Database.
-Delete all existing tools and import the new tool database.
The Xcarve router uses a software named Easel. You can design your file in Easel or design it in Vcarve and export the file g-code into Easel. Easel works directly with the router; however, it has less features that Vcarve. If you use Vcarve, Makerspace staff will have to export the g-code due to licensing.
The Makerspace sells the follow sheet goods in the Mini-Mart. You can also use your own materials on the CNC routers if approved by the staff. If you have questions regarding the machinability of materials, please come to a Project Support Session to contact our CNC router managers.
|Material||Material Type||Thickness||Length & Width||Cost|
|Plywood - Birch||Wood||3/4||48 x 96||51.70|
|Plywood - Birch||Wood||1/2||48 x 96||42.50|
|Plywood - Birch||Wood||1/4||48 x 96||26.41|
|Plywood - Birch||Wood||1/2||48 x 48||35.00|
|Plywood - Birch||Wood||1/4||48 x 48||19.00|
|Hardboard (HDF)||Wood||1/4||48 x 96||12.40|
|Hardboard (HDF)||Wood||1/8||48 x 96||8.00|
|EPS Pink Foam||1||24 x 24||3.50|
|Polystrene||Plastic||1/16||18 x 20||4.50|
|Polystrene||Plastic||1/8||18 x 20||9.00|
|PETG||Plastic||1/16||18 x 20||7.00|
|Hardboard (HDF)||Wood||1/8||18 x 24||2.12|
|Hardboard (HDF)||Wood||1/8||36 x 24||4.25|
|Hardboard (HDF)||Wood||1/4||18 x 24||3.45|
|Hardboard (HDF)||Wood||1/4||36 x 24||6.90|
|Plywood||Wood||1/4||18 x 24||6.00|
|Plywood||Wood||1/4||36 x 24||12.00|
|Foam Core||3/16||30 x 20||3.00|
|Acrylic - Black||Plastic||1/8||18 x 24||10.75|
|Acrylic - White||Plastic||1/8||18 x 24||10.75|
|Acrylic - Clear||Plastic||1/8||18 x 24||10.75|
|Acrylic - Black||Plastic||1/8||36 x 24||21.50|
|Acrylic - White||Plastic||1/8||36 x 24||21.50|
|Acrylic - Clear||Plastic||1/8||36 x 24||21.50|
|Acrylic - Black||Plastic||1/4||18 x 24||20.00|
|Acrylic - White||Plastic||1/4||18 x 24||20.00|
|Acrylic - Clear||Plastic||1/4||18 x24||18.25|
|Acrylic - Black||Plastic||1/4||36 x 24||40.00|
|Acrylic - White||Plastic||1/4||36 x 24||40.00|
|Acrylic - Clear||Plastic||1/4||36 x 24||36.50|
|Acetal||Plastic||1/4||12 x 12||26.47|