CNC Knowledge Base


CNC language and terminology explained in simple English.

What you might want to know before you shop for a machine.
Links to manufacturers of desktop and small machines, with their locations.
Links to manufacturers of production machines, with their locations.
Links to manufacturers of industrial-sized machines, with their locations.
Links to CAD, CAM and other programs.
Things your CNC might be able to do other than run a router bit.
Links to CNC schools, classes and online training courses.
 

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Links to articles and videos that cover the basics

Ben Heck’s CNC Router Tutorial
CNC: Beginners Get Started Here

CNC Machine Programming Tips
CNC Router Source

CNC Router Tips
CNC Routing Basics, MAKE
CNC Tutor
George Vondriska's videos
Understanding CNC Routers by Alain Albert
Aggregates 101 by GDP-GUHDO

 


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WoodEzine is not recommending any specific manufacturers. We're just listing them all for your convenience.

Image courtesy Axiom Precision
 

Entry-level & Smaller Machines

Axiom Precision - OH
Baileigh Industrial, Inc.
- WI
Bob's CNC - NC
Build Your CNC (Kits)- TX
Building a CNC Router (Instructable)
CAMaster - GA
Carbide 3D - CA
CarveWright CNC - TX
CNC Router Central/Thayer New & Used - MO
CNC Router Parts (Kits) - WA
CNC-Step - Germany
Digital Wood Carver - IN
ez Router - TX
Freedom CNC - CO
Industrial CNC
- PA
Laguna Tools - CA
Legacy CNC - UT
Maslow (kit) - CA
Omio CNC - China
OpenBuilds (How-to)
Powermatic - TN
Probotix - IL
Romaxx - MI
Rockler - MN
Shaper Origin (Handheld CNC) - CA
ShopBot - NC
Techno CNC - NY
Tormach - WI
Thermwood - IN
Velox CNC - CA
Vision Engraving & Routing - AZ

ShopSabre - MN
Woodcraft - WV
Zenbot CNC - CA


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Mid-size Machines

Baileigh Industrial, Inc. - WI
CAMaster - GA
Cam-Wood - MI
CNC Parts Dept - CA
CNC Router Central/Thayer - MO
CNC Router Store - NY
C.R. Onsrud - NC
CWI - Winnipeg
ez Router - TX
Ex-Factory - NC
Freedom CNC - CO
Hendrick Manufacturing - MA
Industrial CNC - PA
Laguna Tools - CA
Legacy CNC - UT
MultiCam Inc - TX
Omni CNC - China

ShopBot - NC

Techno CNC - NY
Thermwood - IN

 

Image courtesy Baileigh Industrial, Inc.

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Larger Machines

Image courtesy Thermwood
 

Alberti Engineering - Italy
Anderson America
- NC
AXYZ International
- Ontario
Bacci (Paolino Bacci) - NC (Italy)
Biesse NA
- CA and NC
CMS North America - MI
CNT Motion Systems - PA
C.R. Onsrud - NC
Diversified Machine Systems (DMS) - CO
Essetre - Italy
Felder Group - DE
FORMAT 4 - DE
Giben - GA
Hermance - PA
Homag (also see Stiles) - Germany
HOLZ-HER - Germany and NC
Laguna Tools - CA
MultiCam Inc - TX

New CNC - MI
Northwood - KY
Omnitech Systems Inc. - GA
SCM Group - Italy, GA
Stiles Machinery - MI

Techno CNC - NY
Thermwood - IN


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CAD CAM Software

Alphacam
ArtCAM by Autodesk
Autodesk
BobCAD
CabinetPro
Cabinet Vision
CabMaster
EasyWOOD
Engview
EnRoute
Fusion 360
hyperMILL®

KCD
Legacy
Mach3
Master 3D

MasterCAM
Mecsoft
Mivrovellum
Mozaik
ProNest by Hypertherm
ShopBot
SigmaNEST
Sketchup
VCarve Pro and VCarve Desktop
Vectric
Vero
woodCAD|CAM

 

3D Printing, Plasma etc.

ez Router - TX

Dremel - IL
iPlasmaCNC by MultiCam - TX
Laguna Tools - CA
Omni CNC - China
ShopBot - NC
Vision Engraving & Routing - AZ


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Educational Opportunities

Carbide 3D's free "Crash Course in CNC"
Cerritos College in Norwalk -CA
Clemson University (Search for 'CNC') - SC
Northcentral Technical College
- WI
Red Rocks Community College - CO

Vondriska Woodworks - WI


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