Together with Carbide3D, we’re proud to present the CNC Contest! CNC stands for computer numerical control and though it’s been around since the 70s, it’s only recently become more mainstream (think milling machines, 3D printers, laser engravers, etc). In this contest, we’re looking for all things CNC -- whether you’re using a CNC tool to help build your project, or you’ve constructed your own CNC machine. 

Prizes for this contest are sure to knock your socks off! You stand to win a Nomad CNC, Shapeoko XXL, DeWalt compact router kits, and more. Those new to CNC can take our free CNC class, and brush up on your CNC skills!

Want more contests? Check out Instructables' current contests here!

The CNC Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • Nomad CNC
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug

First (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:
  • Shapeoko XXL
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug

Second (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Nov 14, 2016 and Jan 9, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select CNC Contest 2016. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.