X-Carve, CNC mill (in the basement)

Website: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve

The X-Carve (our mid-size milling machine) uses this router (more or less):
http://www.dewalt.dk/powertools/productdetails/catno/D26200/

X-Carve is being set up in the basement of Valby Kulturhus and will be available with a "lab buddy" system which means only with another Fablab user or Superuser - write on Facebook if you want to use it.


Safety First:

And always wear safety glasses and earmuffs!!
And never long loose hair or clothes
And never leave the machine while it's milling
- it can start a fire!

It takes 1/4 inch bits - which you should bring yourself.

At the moment the "extraction" is done with the large black/blue vacuum cleaner in the "dirty" section of the lab. We encourage everyone interested to make a dust-shoe for the machine.

Because this is meant for learning - we use the free browser-based software EASEL by Inventables. You just hook up your laptop via USB:
http://easel.inventables.com/users/sign_in
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCUHsJ4Ktj0

Because milling produces breathable dust it can be extremely dangerous if you mill the wrong stuff. Not just while you mill - but for anyone else in the lab afterwards. Examples of wrong stuff is fibre reinforced composites or anything with epoxy. Stuff like that should only be milled with water (or ideally water-jet cut) which we don't have the equipment for.

On the upside: You can mill some stuff which is toxic on the laser - like polycarbonate or those old collectable Beatles albums that you want to cut Gundsømagle City skylines out of.
Dibond (sandwich alu and acrylic) would also work fine.

What it does best though: anything wood and machinable wax!

Things we (as a community of users) should do:
- Make a dust-shoe to connect to the vacuum cleaner
- (done!) Make a soundproofing box
- Make a control for the router speed
(which is now manual)

Leave a list of settings on different materials that work!
Document cutting jobs on this website!

Safety First:
And always wear safety glasses and earmuffs!!
And never long loose hair or clothes
And never leave the machine while it's milling
- it can start a fire!