CNC Routing

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How it works

CNC works by directing a motorised cutter to cut out shapes specified on the computer. Our machine can cut to high precision and is great for larger scale projects from engraving to furniture making.

SPEC SHEET
#RUNCNC

01/BED SIZE

Bear in mind material of this size will only just fit inside on the bed, with the tool able to cut approx 10mm in from the largest dimension.

02/Cutting Width

We most commonly use a 6mm cutter but there is a huge range of tools for more specific tasks.

03/Cutting Depth (Max)

This is the maximum depth we can cut and carve on most materials. Other techniques can be used to achieve greater depth such as layering materials.

Our CNC router has a 1440 mm x 3020mm bed size and is capable of cutting and engraving or scultpting pretty much anything up to 50mm thick, except metal.

What we can do

Our machine #RunCNC is pretty clever, it can cut, engrave and 3D sculpt. A whole host of tools can be used and combined together to create different effects. Cutting anything from foam to plywood and many many materials in between, there are endless combinations to create exciting things.

Note: you may see a variety of different terms used by others to describe these processes - but this is how we describe them:

1. Profile

Cut all the way through the material, following a vector path.

A peg board with various colourful shapes cut with the CNC router
Some triangular cut outs with circular notches, made on the CNC router
A number 1, cut with the CNC router

2. Pocket

Like a profile cut but not going all the way through the material.

A logo for 'little journey', pocket cut with the CNC router
Close up of an intricate CNC routed sign for Duke Makes

3. Carving

#RUNCNC has an automatic tool-changer so we can utilise up to 8 specialised tools to create complex 3D profiles.

A CNC cut and carved sign

Materials

These are the materials RUN CNC can cut. We can source a whole range of materials for you. Your choice of material and the thickness are significant factors in the cost. Common materials are listed below but if you have something else in mind we are happy to discuss other options.

MDF

Acrylic

Birch Plywood

Laser Plywood

Polypropylene

Wood

Laminates

Foam

Hardwoods

Decorative Panels

Recycled Acrylic Sheets

Pricing

We need a design to work from to start the quoting process. To be able to accurately cost for a job we load the final design file into our software to see how long it will take to produce.

If required we can also charge for design files to be created.

Prices will vary depending on the materials involved and the effects desired.

Our Minimum CNC Project Cost is £100 + VAT

We offer discounted rates for large production jobs and 10% Student Discount.

Delivery – from £10 or free collection. Find us

Please note, Duke Makes is a cashless space and will only accept bank transfer or card payments for all services.

What we need

If you plan to provide your own files

The CNC runs from vector files. We prefer DWG (with a screenshot to allow easy reference please!) DXF or AI.

We can create these from other image files, however if you are not able to provide vector files then there will be additional setup costs for this process.

Generally we work with standard sheet sizes of 8 x 4" (AKA 2400mm 1200mm). So bear this in mind when you are setting out your artworks.

Filetypes to provide

IDEAL

DWG
CAD file
Please include a screenshot for reference purposes

Usable

AI
Adobe Illustator
Please include as much additional detail as possible

Extra Cost, Non-vector format (examples)

JPG
Image
PNG
Image
PSD
Photoshop
PDF
Document
DOC
Microsoft Word

We have a handy template guide you can download to get you started and use to submit your files to us.

FAQ

How Much will it cost?

Prices will vary depending on the materials involved and the effects desired and the time it takes to produce.

Our Minimum CNC Project Cost is £100 + VAT

As much as we love phone charades we really need a design to work from to start the quoting process.

To accurately cost for a job we load the final design file into our software to see how long it will take to produce.

Fill out our job enquiry form here with all your details and upload any artworks you have and we can get back to you with a quote.

Can I use the CNC myself?

We cannot hire out the CNC machine.

If you have artworks you need cutting, fill out our job enquiry form here with all your details and upload any artworks you have and we can get back to you with a quote.

How long will it take?

Most projects can be completed within 2 weeks, however our booking times vary depending on busy periods. For a project to be expedited, if we have capacity , we charge an additional fast-track fee. Please get in touch with your artworks and details of the project and we will follow up from there on time and costs.

Ready to start a CNC job?