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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!! Training must be completed by all students interested including those who want to use drop-off service.

 

E2 CNC Shop

Welcome to the CNC hub!

E2 will be the main stop for any of your questions about your project. Feel free to drop-in during our open hours and we will help you plan out your project using the CNC tools. After meeting with us here we can set up an extended consultation at L3 to get your project ready to be cut.

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

 

 

CNC TRAININGS

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.

 

CONSULTATIONS AND RESERVATIONS

Once you have completed the training, you will need to plan for specific pre-CNC events before you may use the Shop. First are Consultations, in which you schedule a sit down with a technician to go over basic questions and file preparation. Basic consultation is located at E2 CNC Shop in 25 E 13th St.  These do not require a scheduled visit, feel free to stop by any time the E2 shop is open. This would take up to 20 mins for open dialogue between technician and person(s) being assisted. During this time slot, advice on best machining approach and basic file correction will be given. If you need further assistance, Extended consultation is located at L3 CNC Shop in 2 W 13th St. These scheduled consultations may be reserved using Webcheckout Patron Portal. This would take up to 1 ½  hours for CAM file setup, precise stock measurement, and reservation signups.

Once your files have been approved, you must then schedule a reservation for cut time. With the assistance of a shop technician, you will schedule a reservation that equates to the time estimate of your specific project.

 

 

 

Please note that the tools in this lab are for Level 2 Student Access DIY only. If interested in getting access send us an email!

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. 

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.

 

Foam
Wood

 

FILE PREPARATION CHECKLIST

  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

FAQ

  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?
    • 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 consultation and reservation?
    • Consultation is a timeslot where you will review your design intentions with a technician and program your design with CAM software
    • Reservation is a timeslot where you will show up with your material and fully prepared CAM file for milling
  9. What is the difference between basic and extended consultation?
    • Basic consultation would take up to 20 mins for open dialogue between technician and person(s) being assisted. During this time slot, advice on best machining approach and basic file correction will be given.
    • Extended consultation would take up to 1 ½  hours for CAM file setup, precise stock measurement, and reservation signups.
  10. Where do I go for consultations?
    • Basic consultations take place in E2
    • Extended consultations take place in L3
  11. What do I need to be prepared for extended consultation?
    • CAD files (vector linework saved as .ai, .dwg, .dxf ; solid mesh saved as .stl)
    • Stock material dimensions
  12. How do I make a reservation?
    • Go to – Parsons resources website – L3 CNC shop webpage – click icon on top right – be relocated to reservation sign-up
  13. What do I need to be prepared for reservation?
    • CAM files (.crvd or .spj)
    • Post-processor files (.shopbot)
    • Stock Material prepped for machining
  14. Who do I contact if I have any further questions?
    • cnc@newschool.edu

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″