CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machines

A CNC machine is a computer numerically-controlled machine that operates from a computer-generated tool-path. It is capable of cutting a range of hard materials, such as wood, foams, and plastics. The machine uses a rotating bits to remove material from a defined stock material and is capable of cutting the the X, Y, and Z directions. The machine is appropriate for cutting 1:1 scale prototype parts such as, furniture and facade panels, or smaller parts for models. The machine is a good solution for cutting curved and doubly curved surface geometry and 2-D shapes and parts.

Submitting work

  • Download and use the appropriate machine template
  • Save your files as follows: LastnameFirst_FileName.3dm
  • Submit files in the following formats: .3dm
  • Units must use inches and match machine table size

These machines may be operated only by trained personnel and used solely for academic projects. Unauthorized use will result in suspension of privileges. You may not submit files to the machines until you have read and agreed to all notices and safety guidelines.

Equipment Specs


Techno HD CNC Router
  • Travels
    • X Axis: 48 inches
    • Y Axis: 48 inches
    • Z Axis: 7.5 inches
    • Spindle nose to table (~4 inches min)
  • Table size
    • Length 50 inches
    • Width 50 inches
  • Spindle
    • Maximum rating: 18,000
    • Maximum speed: 18,000
    • Maximum torque: 1.59 M
    • Drive system: 220 V AC, 300 Hz, 13.3 A
    • Taper: ER 25
  • Feed rates
    • Rapids on X: 1,200
    • Rapids on Y: 1,200
    • Rapids on Z: 800
    • Maximum cutting: 800
  • 4th Axis
    • Travel Y Axis: 48 inches
    • B Axis: Continuous 360 degrees
    • Maximum stock size: length 40 inches and diameter 8 inches
  • Materials*
    • Wood, including pine, oak, beech, birch, cherry, mahogany, maple, poplar, teak, walnut, hickory, basswood, cypress, mahogany, wenge, Spanish cedar, fir, spruce, hemlock, and cedar
    • Composite wood, including melamine, birch plywood, Baltic birch plywood
    • Plastic, including ABS, polycarbonate, cast and extruded acrylic, HDPE, nylon, acetate, and VHMW
    • Foam, including high-density urethane, precision board, sign foam, corafoam, and polyethylene
    • Banned Materials: MDF, low grade plywood, OSB, treated lumber, used materials, and polycarbonate.

Carvey CNC Machine (New York City and Long Island)

Carvey CNC Machine
  • Travels
    • X Axis: 11.6 inches
    • Y Axis: 8 inches
    • Z Axis: 2.75 inches
  • Table Size
    • Length: 11.6 inches
    • Width: 8 inches
  • Spindle
    • Maximum rating: 3,000
    • Maximum speed: 12,000
    • Maximum torque: n/a
    • Drive system: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0 A
    • Taper: ER11
  • Precision
    • Accuracy: .003 inches
    • Motor Resolution: .001 inches
  • Materials*
    • ABS
    • Acrylic
    • HDPE
    • Hard and soft woods
    • Aluminum
    • Corain
    • Delrin
    • Expanded PVC
    • Foam
    • Wax

* Consult shop supervisors prior to purchasing materials.


  • New York City: 1855 Broadway, Room 1010
  • Long Island: Education Hall, Room 274