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I volunteer at the Bellingham Makerspace as a woodshop "Tool Champion". This is a test category for expanding on the information provided on the Bellingham Makerspace Tool Library page. If there's interest, I will give it its own site at makers.dalrun.com (currently redirects here).

Woodshop tools and info

X-Carve CNC Router

X-Carve CNC RouterThe X-Carve has a cutting area of 750mm wide x 750mm deep x 65mm tall (~29.5 x 29.5 x 2.5"). In theory, it can through cut material up to ~32mm/1-1/4" thick and engrave material up to ~57mm/2-1/4" thick. The JCPL X-Carve Quick Start (2MB PDF) provides a step by step guide for setting up and routing a project (note: we don't have a z-probe).

Easel is the free online 2.5D CAM software for the X-Carve. A good place to start is the Learn Easel in 4 Minutes video. Using V-bits (V-Carving) to achieve 3D effects requires Easel Pro which can be used 4 days per month for free (paid monthly and day passes also available). True 3D carving using Fusion 360 (free for startups and hobbyists) appears to be somewhat involved.

X-Carve Troubleshooting and FAQ's
Easel videos, guides and tutorials
Projects - video tutorials and many ready to go things to make w/ the X-Carve.
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CR Clarke 1820 Vacuum Former

C R Clarke 1820 Vacuum FormerThe work area is 19" wide by 17" deep and 12" tall. The sheet size of the thermoplastic to be formed should be 20 x 18" and no thicker than 6-8mm (~1/4-5/16").

1820 Operation and Maintenance (20pg pdf, 188KB)
A Vacuum Forming Guide (Formech 64pg pdf, 1MB)
Introduction to Thermoforming (12pg pdf, 114KB)
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Rostock MAX v2 3D Printer

Rostock MAX v2 3D PrinterThe MAX v2 has a build area that is 280mm (~11") in diameter x 375mm (~14.75") tall. The manual says the highest practical build height is 350mm and the SeeMeCNC forum says ~10.5" is the maximum possible diameter. The recommended default layer height is 0.2 or 0.25mm and the practical limit is .1mm (w/ .5 nozzle and >= 5 top layers).

User manual (128pg 9MB PDF)
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Epilog Fusion 120W Laser

Epilog Fusion 120W LaserThe big laser is an Epilog Fusion M2 40 CO2 laser which has a 40" wide x 28" deep x 13.25" high workspace. It has an optional attachment for engraving cylindrical objects and it can engrave and/or cut a wide variety of materials. The material settings pdf (5 pages 88.2KB) provides more specifics, e.g. up to 1/2" thick cutting of wood and acrylic (...the print driver has lots of presets). While pretty much anything that can be printed can be engraved (raster), cutting requires vector graphics (.eps or thin line .pdf). Makerspace classes use Inkscape (free) for design and processing files for the laser.

Epilog Laser Checklist, Laser Cutter Safety (Makerspace PDF's)
Fusion M2 site (sample club, knowledge base, whitepapers)
Fusion M2 manual (214 pages 12.2MB)

Using the Center-Center Option, Center Engraving (note: center-center Epilog page size needs to match graphic page size)
Laser Cut Foam Inserts for Tool Boxes (related ULS, Epilog and Trotec pages)
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