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DIGITAL MACHINE ROOM

CAM - CNC

CNC

The CNC machines will be running as usual. We expect they may well be even busier than ever, as they take the place of other more hands-on making. Now is the time to develop and fully realise your digital fabrication skills. There are acrylic screens between machines for your safety, and strict limits on numbers in rooms. So you will need to arrive on time, on the hour, as the doors will be locked at other times. Slots now will be maximum 3 hours. You’ll need to clean keyboards and keypads before and after use with the wipes we provide. But the machines are available and running as always. Do please make good use of them.

1. Complete CNC Essentials

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Complete your CNC Essentials. Without this your cannot move farward and use the machines.

2. Create your geometry to machine.

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Download the template file and model what you want to machine.

3. Program

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Book into the CAM Lab to program your CAD models in Rhino CAM.

4. Book

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If you want to use the Mini Mills go ahead and book. If you want to use the CNC Routers send your file for checking and once approved you can book.

5. Come in for your booked slot

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Come in and use the CNC to machine your work.

We are presently working on creating online essentials. Once we have created these we will announce their launch.

THE MINI MILLS - REM, BJARKE, PETER AND BERNARD

If you are not able to book a slot (greyed out button) and you have completed your CNC Essentials last term or earlier, please email (Admin@FabricationLab.London) the Lab to get your record updated. 

THE ROUTERS - NORMAN AND RENZO

To book the CNC routers first we must check your file once programmed in Rhino CAM. Once programmed, generate your g-code and  email this .nc file and the Rhino file to cnc@fabricationlab.london. Once we have checked it you will then be able to book your slot. not before. You will not be able make changes after this point. if you want to change the file you will need to resubmit.

If you are not able to book a slot (greyed out button) and you have completed your CNC Essentials last term or earlier, please email (Admin@FabricationLab.London) the Lab to get your record updated. 

CAM LAB

You’ll need to programme your jobs for CNC machining using RhinoCAM. This software is only available in the CAM Lab so we have now also made the CAM Lab available from 30 minute to max 2 hour slots. Please book below.

1. Create your geometry at home.

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You can download a free 90 day trail of Rhino. You will need to have it prepared in the Rhino template before you come to program it.

2. Book your Cam Lab computer

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Once you have finished drawing what you want to fabricate book your CAM Computer

Currently due to reduced capacity we can only offer use of the CAM Lab for prcessing Rhino CAM files.

Please log in to book.

REM

Roland Modela MDX-40
MAX MATERIAL SIZE 290 x 390 x 50 mm

ADVANTAGES

A fast, easy to use CNC Mill. Will machine medium and high density foam to be uses as component parts or molds. Also good for flipping the stock for machining both sides.

DISADVANTAGES

Smaller bed size than the CNC routers. Only machines foam.

£3/h

PETER & BERNARD

Roland SRM-20s
MAX MATERIAL SIZE 200 x 150 x 40 mm

ADVANTAGES

Our lowest price CNC.  Will machine medium density foam (Blue and Cream, not Orange foam). Good for machining highly detailed designs. Fitted with our smallest tool (2mm Flat Mill)

DISADVANTAGES

Will only machine Blue and Cream foam. A small bed.

£2/h

RENZO

AXYZ 4008 - ROUTER
MAX MATERIAL SIZE 1220 x 1200 x 50 mm

ADVANTAGES

A Powerful CNC Router capable of cutting foam up to 1220 x 1200 x 50. Good for machining context models.

DISADVANTAGES

There are few disadvantages when cutting foam. Unlike normal it has a manual tool change.So jobs that require lots of tool changes can be slow.

£5/h

TO BOOK, EMAIL e.lancaster1@westminster.ac.uk YOUR RHINO FILE AND NC CODE FOR CHECKING. WE WILL BOOK YOU IN.

NORMAN

AXYZ 4008 - ROUTER
MAX MATERIAL SIZE 1220 x 2440 x 50 mm

ADVANTAGES

Our largest CNC. Capable of cutting Plywood, MDF, foam and Acrylic.

DISADVANTAGES

A popular choice of with a que.

£5/h

TO BOOK, EMAIL e.lancaster1@westminster.ac.uk YOUR RHINO FILE AND NC CODE FOR CHECKING. WE WILL BOOK YOU IN.

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