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CNC Router

AXYZ 3-Axis Router

The AXYZ 4008 Series 3 Axis CNC Router is one of the most popular sizes for CNC Routers. Located in the Fabrication Lab,  the 4008 is capable of handling a range of tooling and application options in the industry and has a process width of 48”, a length of 96” and an 18” gantry height.  Keep in mind that height limitations may vary depending upon project dimension, tool choice, and toolpath design.

Roland MDX-540 4 Axis Router

The Roland MDX-540 is a small scale CNC lathe that incorporates a 4th axis of rotation into the milling process. This allows for the stock material to spin or flip during the machining operation, gaining access to areas or geometries that would normally be considered 'undercut'. A general guideline for maximum stock dimensions is 12" x 4" x 4". Keep in mind that you will always lose 3.75" of your overall stock length to the clamping and fixturing mechanisms (ie, of a 12" stock length, only 8.25" is available for milling).


RhinoCAM is a CAM plug‐in that runs inside of Rhinoceros 6 64 bit. This fully integrated RhinoCAM plug‐in seamlessly integrates Rhino’s CAD functionality with toolpath generation and cutting simulation/verification in one package that is easy to use. The Fabrication Lab utilizes RhinoCAM to generate toolpaths for both the AXYZ 4008 and the Roland MDX-540. Students can access RhinoCAM on computers located in the HOK Lab and on the 4th floor. Make sure the software is running a licenced version (not in demo mode) before you begin. All files must be prepared in inches.

Submittal Process

Knowledge of RhinoCAM is mandatory prior to using the CNC machine. It is not the TAs responsibility to set-up your file or help you learn RhinoCAM. The responsibility of the CNC TA is to verify that the student has properly constructed a milling file in RhinoCAM, that the proper bit has been selected and that the feeds and speeds associated with the job are correct. The CNC TA will monitor the job as it is running and the student must be present in the fabrication lab for the entirety of the job.

Students must verify their toolpaths and run a collision check in RhinoCAM before creating their NC file. This file must be cleared by a CNC TA before milling time can be booked.

Step by Step Guide To Submitting a File

    Give yourself 1 week lead time when submitting a file.
    The cost for these services is $20 per hour

This provides enough time for the TAs to look over your file, recommend revisions and book a time slot on the machine.


    $20 per hour

Knowledge Base

The Fabrication Lab has developed a series of preset milling operations that students can load and use freely. These preset operations are designed for beginner students who have limited knowledge and experience with milling. This set of operations is call the Knowledge Base and is divided into 2 sections:

▪► 2d Cutting operations

▪► 3d Cutting operations

The 2d cutting operations Knowledge Base in located on the networks CNC Milling folder under Knowledge Base. The folder contains Knowledge Base files associated with 3 different materials: 1 MDF, 2 Plywood, 3 Acrylic/Polystyrene. Under these headings there is also a variety of material thicknesses to choose from.

The 3d cutting operations Knowledge Base in located the same folder as the 2d cutting operations.The 3d cutting operations Knowledge Base offers two surfacing templates using a variety of tools.

Tool Library

The Fabrication Lab has developed a consistent tool library that outlines the tools the school has made available. The school provides a basic set of tools required for 2-D cutting operations in MDF, Plywood, and Acrylic. The school also provides surfacing tools for 3-D operations in FOAM only. The Tool library can be loaded into RhinoCam. The library is broken down by the types of material students will typically cut in our lab, and should be selected and loaded accordingly. It is located on the network in the CNC Milling folder under Tools. The student must purchase tools required for operations that lie outside these parameters. A tool catalogue is located in the Tools folder.

Step by Step Guide To Submitting a File

    Give yourself 1 week of leeway when submitting a file.

This provides enough time for the TAs to look over your file, recommend revisions, and book a time slot on the machine.

1. Become familiar with RhinoCam

The Daniels RhinoCAM for Rhino6 x64 PDF tutorial covers setup of a proper RhinoCAM file, please consult before contacting the Fabrication Technologist or the CNC TAs, if you have additional concerns or questions feel free to consult.

RhinoCAM for Rhino6 x64 Guide [PDF]

2. Create your CAM data using RhinoCAM

RhinoCAM is installed on the computers in the HOK lab. Students must verify their toolpaths and run a collision before submitting their file.

3. Submit Files

Students must submit their original rhino files with RhinoCAM operations generated.

a) Drop files in a subfolder within the main Submissions Folder:

    (\Root(\\\Groups\CNC Milling\Submissions).

When creating the subfolder, rename it using your first initial and last name.

b) Download and fill out the submission form.

    Click here for the Submission Form

c) Email the submission form to:

    Once the file is reviewed, verified and approved by the TA, he or she will contact you with your scheduled milling time.
    Payment for the job is due immediately after the job has concluded.

Cost - $20/hour