DIY Sign for first born son. Backlit ACRYLIC stars and wood shapes
A CNC router is a computer-controlled cutting machine developed from the hand held router. CNC stands for computer numerical control. In basic English that means that a computer reads a series of numbered coordinates and moves the router to those locations in a series. CNC routers can perform the tasks of many fabrication shop machines with incredible precision and near perfect consistency.
Our CNC machine is a flat bed router which is able to cut in 3 dimensions; x-axis, y-axis and z-axis. Some CNC machines can cut in 4, 5 or even 6 dimensions.
Our CNC router functions by reading a language galled "G-Code." G-Code is a coordinate system developed decades ago to guide CNC cutting tools along a path necessary to cut parts. To generate G-Code we take your vector files and use a software program call V-Carve Pro to set the tool path parameters. Once the tool path parameters are set, V-Carve automatically creates a set of G-Codes that will tell our router how to cut your parts. Once the G-Code is created, we transfer it over to the PC that controls our router and upload it to Mach3. Mach3 is the software that controls our router directly.
In order to CNC route your parts we will need some type of digital CAD file. You don't need to be a drafter or engineer for us to do this. Some folks have software that enables them to create CAD files like .dxf, or vector files like .eps, .ai or .pdf. If you are able to send us these file types it makes our job a little easier. But if YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS to software that creates CAD files, we can make them for you.
Our skilled team can work with you in developing drawings and converting them to CAD files, often times in less than a day.There is an added design fee for this service, but it's often well worth it.
The Plastics Guy offers CNC routing services for cutting most plastics, wood and ACP similar to DiBond. Our cut area is 50" x 50" and we can cut up to 2" thick material.
We do not currently cut metals in our shop due to contamination issues. We recommend Pacific Water Jet in South Sacramento or California Process Manufacturing in Livermore for metal machining work.
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Typically, we ask for 1 to 2 weeks to CNC route parts depending on the quantity and complexity. We do, however, offer expedited services at an additional charge and are able to do same day turn arounds in certain circumstances.
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