ShopBot CNC Router Class


6 Lessons

221 Enrolled


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This class goes over the safe operation of the ShopBot 3-axis CNC Mill Model: PRSalpha in the Pier 9 Workshop. A ShopBot is a computer controlled 3 axis machine that can be programmed to cut and carve a variety of materials. The ShopBot is an incredibly useful tool for cutting complex shapes in sheet materials, creating precisely fitted joints, making multiples of the same part, and more.

This is a safety and basic use class suitable for shop users of all levels of experience and is a good starting point to gain experience in CNC machining. Wood Shop experience and the CAD and CAM Class are recommended as prerequisites for this tool.

For more machine training check out the other CNC classes Pier 9 offers:

  1. DMS CNC Class
  2. HAAS Mill Class
  3. Waterjet Class
  4. Matsuura Class

Class Author:p9shopstaff

We are a multidisciplinary team of innovators, fabricators and industry leaders who partner with our shop users to facilitate their diverse projects in a collaborative and supportive learning environment using state-of-the-art machines and technologies. With backgrounds in architecture, engineering, fabrication, furniture making, art, design, and exhibit development, we’re passionate about educating and empowering our local and online communities with our extensive Machine Training Curriculum and technical expertise.


Lesson 1: Getting Started With the ShopBot

Get started with the ShopBot, learn where all the panels are located, and go over key safety features.

Lesson 2: Cutting Tools

Selecting the right endmill is important. This lesson goes over how to select and install tools, as well as calibrate them.

Lesson 3: Workholding

Holding your material during your cut job ensures clean and safe routing.

Lesson 4: Starting Up the ShopBot

In this lesson, you'll learn how to energize the machine.

Lesson 5: Programing and Cutting on the ShopBot

By installing and running programs on the ShopBot, you are able to machine your sheet material into it's desired form.

Lesson 6: Operating the ShopBot Router

Recap for how to run the machine and a few more tips and tricks to get you the best results on the ShopBot. This lesson also includes a free PDF download of this class to use in your shop.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!