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Crafting with Precision: Introduction to Shopbot CNC

Ever dreamt of bringing your digital designs to life in wood? This beginner-friendly workshop dives into the exciting world of Shopbot CNC carving, guiding you through the process of creating your own wooden object in just 60 minutes! All materials included, no prior experience needed, but must be 18+.


  • Class Duration2 hours
  • Class locationIn Person
  • Class difficulty levelBeginner
  • Class Time SlotsWeekly
  • Number of class sessions1
  • Fabrication cost includedYes
  • Maximum number of students per class6

Class Description

Unleash the power of CNC technology in our one-session workshop where you will learn to carve wooden objects with precision using the Shopbot CNC. Designed for complete novices, this 60-minute hands-on experience provides step-by-step guidance to transform a plain wooden object into a personalized masterpiece. All materials are included, making it an ideal opportunity for adults aged 18 and above to explore the world of CNC wood carving. - CNC Basics Demystified: Learn the core principles of how Shopbot CNCs transform digital designs into physical objects. - Design & Prepare: Explore simple 3D design software (no expert skills required!) and prepare your design for carving. - Witness the Carving: See your design come to life as the Shopbot effortlessly carves your creation from wood. - Sand & Finish: Refine your masterpiece with expert guidance, learning sanding and finishing techniques. - Leave with a Treasure: Take home your personalized wooden creation, a testament to your newfound CNC skills. - Expert Instruction: Our friendly instructor will be there every step of the way, ensuring your success. - Materials Included: Wood, tools, and safety equipment provided for your learning journey.

Learning Goals

1) Shopbot CNC Basics: Acquire a fundamental understanding of the Shopbot CNC machine, including its components, functions, and safety protocols. Learn how to set up and operate the machine for wood carving. 2) Introduction to Design Software: Explore user-friendly design software for creating custom patterns and designs for wood carving. Learn the basics of importing, editing, and generating toolpaths to bring your creative ideas to life. 3) Hands-On Wood Carving: Gain practical experience in carving a wooden object using the Shopbot CNC. From securing the material to executing the carving process, participants will leave with a carved wooden creation showcasing the precision and versatility of CNC technology.

Things you should know before this class

Ability to use a computer.

Stuff you need for the class

Don't wear open top shoes. Safety is important while using the CNC. Bring along a Windows or Apple Mac computer if you want to try and create your own designs. All other supplies are included.

Class Category

  • Computer Aided Design
  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Engraving
  • CNC machine
  • Electronics
  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Craft
  • Wood Working
  • Gifts


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