CNC Routers

In-person CNC Router reservations are available upon request. See available equipment and email for consultation here.

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Permit Upgrades

CoE permit (red OR green) and paid materials fee for this semester are required. Our student staff are required to swipe your ID every time to verify.

Note: College of Engineering faculty and staff are not required to pay the materials fee, however, they must have a CoE permit. 

Equipment Specs

Make Model Qty Features Permit Required
Laguna SmartShop II 1 4’x8’ bed, Auto tool changer Red + Appointment Manufacturer’s Manual Specs
Inventables X-CARVE (1000mm x 1000mm) 1 29″ x 29″ x 2.5″ bed Red Manufactures’s Manual




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:

  1. Download the trial versions of Vcarve here.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

V-Carve Tutorials

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 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 or contact our CNC router managers.

Material Material Type Thickness Length & Width Cost

Useful Links and Guides

Example Stool for CNC Workshop – Here.

Reserve A Time Slot

To make a reservation on the Laguna router, email A CNC manager will reach out to gather information and schedule a reservation.

*During normal operation, you DON’T need a reservation to use the Xcarve router. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, see our homepage to make a machine shop reservation.

Routers Managers

Ethan Foley

Position title: Student Staff

Kirk Mendoza

Position title: CNC Router Chair

Lauren Reeg

Position title: Assistant Shop Manager

Quinn Sabin

Position title: CNC Routers, Laguna Maintenance & Operation Manager

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