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General Rules

  • Use the dust collector and dust shoe when cutting wood, unless it is impractical to do so. This keeps the dust contained.
  • Stay within earshot of the machine when it is running. Do not leave the machine unattended. If you need to step away for a moment, pause the program using the “feed hold” command.
  • Vacuum up chips and dust from the spoilboard when finished.
  • Don't cut hard materials (steel, stone, etc.). Email [email protected] if in doubt.
  • No screws or nails in the spoilboard. If you need to screw or nail stuff, use a separate spoilboard.
  • Avoid getting coolant on the spoilboard. Use a protective barrier between your material and the spoilboard when using lubricant.
  • If you break anything other than a bit, email [email protected] If the machine is inoperable, put an orange tag on it.
  • Don't use compressed air to blow dust off of the spoilboard. Use the vacuum or shop vac.
  • Turn off the machine when you are done.
  • Do not change settings on the controller.

4 x 8 Rules

  • $5/hr suggested donation. Record on the timesheet, like the laser.
  • Home the machine before running any program.
  • Do not use a bit larger than 1/4“ when cutting metal.
  • Do not leave any marks or gouges in the spoilboard! If you cut into the spoilboard < 0.030”, resurface it. If you cut into the spoilboard > 0.030“, fill in the gouges with Durham's Rock Hard water putty.

Equipment Documentation

CAM Software

Note: You are free to use whatever CAM software you prefer or have access to.

Windows Only

Windows and Mac

  • Fusion 360

Windows, Mac, or Linux

  • FreeCAD
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