CNC Knowledge Base

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CNC language and terminology explained in simple English.

Links to 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.

Whether you're just beginning to look at CNC as a way to either increase production or open up some artistic and creative opportunities, or a seasoned pro who needs to upgrade to automatic feeding or perhaps adding an aggregate, you'll find links here to pretty much all the answers. Scroll down and you'll find a section on basic information, followed by sizeable lists of links to entry-level and small machines, mid-size machines and larger machines. You'll also find links to software manufacturers, 3D printing and plasma heads, and down at the bottom is a brief list of education links. For lots more of those, visit our Woodworking and CNC Schools & Classes page.

The Basics

A Brief History of Home CNCs
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
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.

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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 Factory - CA
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
Next Wave Automation - OH
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 Factory - CA
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
Next Wave Automation - OH
MultiCam Inc - TX
Omni CNC - China
ShopBot - NC

Techno CNC - NY
Thermwood - IN


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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
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

ArtCAM by Autodesk
Cabinet Vision
Fusion 360

Master 3D

ProNest by Hypertherm
VCarve Pro and VCarve Desktop

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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