May 2013 Archives

Routing Appointments/Hours

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The CNC Router Technician will be available Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am-5pm. To schedule an appointment, please contact Robin at schwa966@umn.edu. Available dates/times can be found here:

Once you reserve an appointment, your name will be added to the calendar for that date and time.

Things to keep in mind for appointment sign-ups:

Consultations must be made before any machining and are used to look over or help you create your file, decide on your material and set toolpaths. Depending on the complexity of your project, consultations will take anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour. The first half hour of file work is free, after that it is $20/hour for any additional file work.

Machining will be done after an initial consultation. Machining includes material setup, selecting tools, setting offsets and running the file/cutting the material. Depending on the complexity of the cut, machine time can take anywhere from 5 minutes to six hours plus. The technician will recommend how much machine time you should sign-up for based on your initial consultation. The estimated time should be tripled for actual run time, including material attachment, etc. Machine time is $5/15 minutes for Department of Art students, faculty and staff. For anyone outside of the Dept. of Art, the cost is $25/15 minutes. There is a $5 minimum for all machining!

Ultimately, the scheduling of CNC jobs is at the sole discretion of Workshop staff: we will prioritize jobs based on estimated cut time, staff workload and user preparation and availability.

Analog Router

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This plotter is made entirely out of cardboard and is controlled through simply code by the user. We thought this was a clever take on techology!