What materials can I cut with my machine?
Your machine will be able to cut anything that can be cut with a hand router. The most popular materials are:
- Hard Plastics (acrylic, nylon, uPVC, hard PVC)
- Soft Plastics (polycarbonate, polyethylene, soft PVC)
What is the maximum material thickness my machine can cut?
You will only be restricted by your bit size and router travel. The recommended Ridgid R22002 router has 1.5″ of travel. The machine will make multiple shallow passes to cut through thicker materials.
What else do I need to buy to assemble my kit?
While the kit comes with all of the electrical components, you do need to purchase a couple items to complete the machine. You will need a fixed base router with depth adjustment (we recommend the Ridgid R22002 for our US customers. International users have been successful with Bosch routers), 2 bricks, and the materials to build your frame. There are a few options available for frame designs. We’d recommend you check out www.maslowcnc.com for more details.
What tools do I need to assemble my kit?
A screwdriver, saw, pliers, and a C clamp are the minimum requirements. Having access to power tools like a drill and power saw will definitely make the job much easier, but they aren’t required to assemble your kit.
What kind of power cord does my kit use?
The power adapter itself is capable of handling voltages from 100-240 volts and 50-60Hz. The only thing that will be different between the US kits and the international kits are the plug itself. US will get a US plug and all international orders will receive an EU plug. If your location does not use either of these, then you will need to provide your own computer cable. (parts layout page with pictures coming soon)
How do I control my machine?
The software used to control your machine is called Ground Control. It is an open source software and easily installed on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. It will serve as your means to calibrate your machine as well as manage your cuts.
What file types do I need my designs to be in?
The machine itself uses G-Code which is a very popular file type among CNC users and hundreds of software applications. These application will accept varying design file types with .DXF and .SVG being the most popular. DXF files are commonly created using AutoCAD and SVG files can be created using design programs like Illustrator, Inkscape, and Gimp. Feel free to check out www.MakerCam.com to get and idea of how to turn an SVG into G-Code for your machine.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we’ll ship your package anywhere that can accept deliveries. However, our international customers should be aware that we are not responsible for any import tax or duties owed to your country of origin.
What kind of bits should I use?
Bit selection will be based on the material you are cutting and the design you are applying to it. A great article on bit selection can be found here.
Do you have customer service?
You bet we do! We pride ourselves on being available to support our customers. You can reach out via the contact form on our site if time permits. If its a bit more pressing, you can always reach us via Facebook message on our Facebook page MakerMadeCNC.