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Sign-Up Procedure


  • Sign up via email at projectlabcnc@gmail.com Follow “Steps for a Successful CNC Experience” on the website.

  • You must allow 5-7 business days to complete the entire CNC process, from submitting your file to completing the routing operation.

    • The CNC service is a "first come, first serve" service. Those who submit files for review and have files that are complete will be placed first in the queue.

  • You may need to present your ID at the beginning of your scheduled time to ensure nobody has swapped reservations. You cannot send a friend to complete your CNC job.

  • You are allowed a maximum of 2 hours of cut time per week, any jobs that are longer must be submitted by a group project and must be approved by the CNC email operators.

  • You can cancel your scheduled CNC time by emailing projectlabcnc@gmail.com at least 4 hours before your start time with your full name and the date/time that you wish to cancel. Cancelling your scheduled time will result in you forfeiting your position in the queue.


Steps for a Successful CNC Experience

1. Create your 3D model.


  • Make sure top put it in the template, available here.
  • Nested with a 1” border around the edge of your material.

    • A 1-inch border around all objects nested close by

    • An offset of each object with a 1” border.

      • Changed to a separate layer.

  • Make sure all machining lines have been “projected to Cplane”

  • No duplicate lines. SelDup to find and remove duplicates

  • Make sure no wall thickness is below ¼”

  • No models over 2” thickness in the z direction.

  • Save as "Rhino 5" file, if you are operating on Rhino 6.


2. Submit your file for review and receive time estimate.

  • Download and complete a CNC Submission form, available here.
  • Make sure you name the file appropriately (2015_MM-DD_LastName).
    • If the job is split into multiple parts, you must submit each part as a separate file, designated with _01, _02, etc. at the end of the name.
  • Email the completed Submission Form and Model Files to the CNC email projectlabcnc@gmail.com.
  • Submitted jobs are reviewed M-F, 9am-11am. After your job has been reviewed, you will be emailed back. If a file is not suitable for milling, you will receive an email notifying you of common issues to remedy before we can successfully mill the model.
3. Arrive at scheduled time for Milling
  • Arrive on time (see previous 15 min late policy)
  • Have your material prepped and ready to go (no last minute changes to the size or scale of the project)
  • Run through setup with CNC proctor
  • Follow instructions on vacuuming and clearing material after milling
  • While the router is running...
    • No cell phone use
    • No socializing with friends
    • Pause job if you take a break
    • Feel free to have your laptop for typing/modeling
    • Pay attention to sound changes


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