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Ceramics & Wet Shop


L3 CNC Machine Shop

Labs, Shops, and Studios

E2 CNC Shop

25 E 13th St, 2nd floor   •   Hours
Open to: all New School students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes

!!New Information!! NO LONGER ACCEPTING Consultations for this Semester!! 

Shop Hours

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E2 CNC Shop

E2 will be the main stop for any of your CAD questions about your project. Feel free to drop-in during our open hours and we will help you plan out your project in preparation for CNC use. After meeting with us in E2, you can set up a Consultation on Patron Portal for a 1.5 hrs appointment at the L3 CNC Shop to get your project ready to be cut.

More information about our Interactive Production Shop can be found here.



If your CAD file is designed in a way that requires both top and bottom sides to be CNC machined that is considered a Flip File. Flip files must be reviewed and approved by E2 staff using this submission form. here.

The CNC Shop, located at 25 East 13th Street (see map), is open to students who completed CNC training and are interested in independently working CNC into their current projects. 



Before students can use the CNC Machine Shop, Training must be completed by all students interested including those who want to use drop-off service.

Trainings take place in the L3 CNC Shop on the 3rd floor Room 306 of the 2 W 13th St. building and last around 1 hour.

Click the “Mandatory Orientation” button at the top of the page to reserve a spot at one of the CNC Trainings.

If faculty members plan on assigning CNC specific projects, please reach out to CNC Shop to coordinate.


Among the tools we have for CNC machining are the large ShopBot CNC router with a vacuum bed that cuts full 4’x8′ sheets of material, two Shopbot Desktop CNC routers and a ShopBot Buddy CNC router.





  1. Do all my files have units in inches?
  2. Are my vectors closed curves? No overlapping segments? No duplicates?
  3. Have I saved my vectors as a .ai; .dwg; .dxf?
    • may choose any one of these options
  4. Are my meshes solid?
  5. Does my model have undercuts?
    • If so, acknowledge that those will not be cut
  6. Have I saved my mesh form as a .stl?
  7. Have I accurately measured my stock material?
    • length/width may be measured by ruler/tape measure; thickness must be measured by digital caliper to 0.001” tolerance


  1. What is CNC machining?
    • CNC machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. In other words, an automated process by which software informs the machinery on how to operate. Examples: drilling, carving, etching
  2. Why would I use it?
    • Precise, Robust, Consistent, Repeatable
    • Wide range of materials
    • Time saver
  3. Who is allowed to use the DIY shop?
    • Tier 2 Students, Faculty, and Staff of The New School (once training has been completed and have proven themselves independent operators.)
  4. What materials are allowed?
    • Hardwoods, Softwoods, Plywoods, Foams, Plastics
  5. What are the maximum dimensions I can cut on each machine?
    • 4’x 8’ PRS Alpha Shopbot: 48” width x 96” length x 4” height
      1. Max cut depth 4”=FOAM ONLY
      2. Max cut depth 2.5”=WOOD
    • 18”x 24” Desktop Shopbot: 18” width x 24” length x 2” height
      1. Max cut depth 2”=FOAM ONLY
      2. Max cut depth 1.5”=WOOD
    • 24” x 32” Buddy Shopbot: 24” width x 32” length x 4” height
      1. Max cut depth 4”=FOAM ONLY
      2. Max cut depth 2.5”=WOOD
  6. What are the requirements for shop use?
    • Have completed orientation training
    • Always wear eye protection
    • Always use ear protection
    • Always wear close toed shoes
    • Always tie hair back
    • Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry
    • Don’t operate machinery while tired or under the influence
  7. How do I sign-up for training?
    • Go to – Parsons resources website – L3 CNC shop webpage – click icon on top right – be relocated to orientation sign-up
  8. What is the difference between Design Help and Consultation?
    • Design Help would take up to 20 mins for open dialogue between technician and person(s) being assisted. During this time, advice on CAD design and material choice are given. As well as corrections and/or suggestions for CAD design to be ready for Consultation.
    • Consultation would take up to 1 ½  hours for CAM file setup, precise stock measurement, and service submission.
  9. Where do I go for consultations?
    • CAD Design Help and Material Advice take place in E2
    • Scheduled consultations for CAM File programming take place in L3
  10. What do I need to be prepared for consultation?
    • CAD files (vector linework saved as .ai, .dwg, .dxf ; solid mesh saved as .stl)
    • Stock material dimensions
  11. Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Related Equipment and Tools

• ShopBot PRS_Alpha CNC Router 4′ x 8′

• ShopBot Buddy CNC Router 24″ x 32″

• ShopBot Desktop CNC Router 24″ x 18″