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* Andy Fisher (Mark Mellors 22/08/13)
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* ST John (Mark Mellors 29/08/13)
= Training Cheat sheet =
= Training Cheat sheet =

Revision as of 22:22, 29 August 2013

Equipment / CNC Router / Training

CNC Router Training

This page documents the process for being trained on the CNC Router, and the list of members who have completed that training.


Training takes place in three main steps:

  • Group Training of 1-4 members, going through the equipment and how to use it (~1hr)
  • Individual Training Task, where an individual member is set a task to complete to prove and improve understanding (~30min each)
  • Project Oversight, where more experienced users oversee the projects being undertaken when cutting (first 2-3 projects)

Training on the CNC Router is run by the CNC Router Owners. The CNC Router Owners are a group of people responsible for maintaining and training on the CNC Router, and hence have been trained to train, and trained to perform the weekly and monthly maintenance on the CNC Router.


Sessions are advertised on http://meetup.makespace.org

  • For discussing training, or requesting additional slots if needed, use the mailing list thread: Training : CNC Router


  • You can only be trained if you have your name allocated to a slot (groups will be restricted to four at a time, so please don't make up additional spaces)
  • You must do the group and individual training on the same day

Trained Users

The following members of Makespace are owners of the CNC Router, so are trained to use and teach use of the Router:

  • Stephen Woolhead
  • Chris Abri
  • Mark Mellors
  • Dave Ansell
  • David Bebb

The following members of Makespace are trained and qualified to use the CNC Router (note, they are not qualified to train others however):

  • Paul Osborn (Stephen Woolhead 1/7/13)
  • Adrian Carr (Stephen Woolhead 1/7/13)
  • Tobias Roberts (Stephen Woolhead 1/7/13)
  • Damien Guihen (Mark Mellors 3/7/13)
  • Steve Kelly (Mark Mellors 3/7/13)
  • Milosch Meriac (Chris Abri 3/7/13)
  • Jake Young (Chris Abri 3/7/13)
  • Martin de Selincourt (Chris Abri 3/7/13)
  • J. Antonio Barragan (Chris Abri 8/7/13)
  • Toby Moncaster (Chris Abri 8/7/13)
  • Shareef Jalloq (Chris Abri 8/7/13)
  • Josh Keeler (Mark Mellors 9/7/13)
  • Marko Cosic (Mark Mellors 9/7/13)
  • Diana Probst (Mark Mellors 9/7/13)
  • Ben Evans (Stephen Woolhead 9/7/13)
  • Rachel Rayns (Stephen Woolhead 9/7/13)
  • Mat Cook (Stephen Woolhead 9/7/13)
  • Roeland Schumacher (Chris Abri 11/7/13)
  • James Waldmeyer (Chris Abri 11/7/13)
  • Peter Mottram (Chris Abri 11/7/13)
  • Ajith Shadakshari (Mark Mellors 18/7/13)
  • Mark Tillotson (Mark Mellors 18/7/13)
  • Ben Alper (Mark Mellors 18/7/13)
  • Indy Wilkhu (Chris Abri 25/7/13)
  • Matthew Ireland (Chris Abri 25/7/13)
  • Pop Sharma (Chris Abri 25/7/13)
  • Nick Johnson (David Bebb 30/05/13)
  • Brian Corteil (David Bebb 30/07/13)
  • Dan Tidhar (David Bebb 30/07/13)
  • Ward Hills (David Bebb 30/07/13)
  • Kevin Maloney (Mark Mellors 18/7/13)
  • Andrew Lipson (Mark Mellors 18/7/13)
  • Chris Wilson (Mark Mellors 1/8/13)
  • Richard Mitchell (Mark Mellors 1/8/13)
  • Adrian van den Heever (Mark Mellors 1/8/13)
  • Benyahmin Kidder (Chris Abri 8/8/13)
  • Andrew Dunn (Chris Abri 8/8/13)
  • Robert Hoff (Chris Abri 8/8/13)
  • Edward Imhagwe (Mark Mellors 15/8/13)
  • Lewis Williams (Mark Mellors 15/8/13)
  • Vincent Sanders (Mark Mellors 15/8/13)
  • Andy Fisher (Mark Mellors 22/08/13)
  • Daniel Garden (Mark Mellors 22/08/13)
  • ST John (Mark Mellors 29/08/13)

Training Cheat sheet

The training structure and prompt sheet. Please note, this is used by the CNC Router Owners as a prompt to ensure training is executed in a consistent and complete fashion is included on this page; this does not constitute and is not a substitute for the training itself.

Group Training

The group training introduction structure, suitable for 1-4 members at a time in a 1 hr session.

Introduction/walk around

  • Extraction
  • Water Cooler system
  • Machine Bed
  • Router – Collets - Cutters (Mention 50p for maintenance costs if using Makespace Cutters)
  • Gantry/Moving Parts
  • PC & Software Locations
  • Material Storage
  • Hand controller -Hand Controller Guide

Health & Safety


  • Dust
  • Noise
  • Fire
  • Trapping
  • Burns
  • Loss of Limb or Digit


  • Ear Defenders
  • Safety Goggles
  • Common Sense Hat!

Machine Startup & Positioning

  • Check handset is attached properly
  • Power up main switch
  • Check Water Pump
  • Check extractor is functional and not full
  • Check handset says “Datum?” (if not, reset E.Stop)
  • Click “OK” ensuring no obstructions. (Machine will go to X0 Y0 Z+Max)
  • Check spindle is safe and functioning correctly.

Job Setup – Demo piece

  • Workholding, Clamping and work positioning
  • Tool Selection & Collet sizes
  • Zero work
  • Load G-Code directly onto USB stick from PC(no sub-directories)
  • Place USB stick into Hand Controller
  • Select and run job at desired feedrates

Do Not Leave The Machine Unattended While Running A Job! However Long It Takes.

Individual Training Task

The individual task to get familiar, prompt questions and check understanding:


  • Make a.....


  • Set individual to work, don't prompt but do answer questions (or pose if needed)
  • Talk through design once done, question/check things etc
  • Proceed to routing (watch carefully all steps)
  • Ask to stop job/restart, question escalation process

Assuming all ok:

  • Get them to read the health and safety notes about operation and materials
  • Add to the trained member list!

Project Oversight

For next 2-3 projects, ensure member will find another more experienced trained user to support them (second pair of eyes)