CNC Router and Mill

What is it?

Both the CNC Router and Mill are a 3-axis method of subtractive manufacturing 3D models. They differ in work area size and ideal cutting material. While the Router has a large work area(600mm x 400mm x 120mm) , the Mills is slightly smaller (250mm x 160mm x 235mm)

CNC Router

    • large work area of 600mm x 400mm x 120mm
    • generally used ot cut hard and soft wood, plastic, modelling foam, acrylic and prototyping material.

    CNC Mill

      • smaller work area of 250mm x 160mm x 235mm,
      • generally used to cut wax, plastic, acrylic, free cutting alloys, aluminium and steel.

      If you have any questions about a material not included on this page or want to manufacture something larger than the available work area, please don’t hesitate to visit us at the iForge and ask a rep on shift or contact the Hardware team at: hardware.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk.

      Basics of use

      To use these machines you will need to produce a g-code, Fusion360 is the University recommended software package, but there are a range of softwares available. Once you have a g-code you will need to open it in Denfords VR milling software on the computers by the machines and set your tool and work offsets. The machines use quick change tool holders to make changing tools mid programme easy. If you want more details the tool library for the Router is available here, and for the Mill (which can only auto tool change for up to 6 tools) it’s here [links not available just yet].

      To use these tools you need to have completed their respective online trainings, these are available here.

      Reps in Charge of the Router and Mill [Section under construction]

      Rep 1

      About rep 1

      Rep 2

      About rep 2

      Some iForge reps are assigned to certain machinery for maintenence and information about said machinery. These are the reps for the CNC Router and Mill, see if you can spot them when they’re on shift!

      If you want to be a part of the Harware team or any other iForge team you can apply here during our recruitment period.

      If you want to see what other teams you can be a part of by volunteering with the iForge click here.