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Gilman School Design and Woodworking instructor A.J. Howard reports a “buzz of excitement” around a new high-tech piece of equipment in the shop — a computer numerical control (CNC) router. Middle and Upper School students will be able to use the new CNC router to create projects like signs, robotic parts, inlay pieces, electric guitars, and more out of a wide range of materials. See how it works in this short video.
Anthony Prima and Marc Gobeil, instructors at Oskayak High School, developed a program to teach virtual design and fabrication. Marc is only one of two people to have received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for this program. Because they are a well-funded school, Anthony and Marc chose Laguna because they needed a reliable CNC router that could not only cut the sizes they needed, but also fit in a small, tight space.
The class designed the guitar bodies in Rhino, the CAD design and modeling software from McNeel & Associates. To create the toolpaths and G-code, the students used the RhinoCAM plug-in from MecSoft Corporation. The designs are machined on the school’s Laguna IQ. Because the machining was done right in the computer lab, the class needed a CNC router that was sturdy, compact, highly accurate, and easy to operate. That’s where they then selected the IQ.
The stock material was ash, spruce, or poplar measuring 13.875″ x 20.625″ x 1.75″ and then machined from 2 sides (top and bottom). Because the working table of the IQ is 24″ x 36,” the guitar body fit perfectly inside the parameters. The 3hp liquid-cooled spindle of the IQ easily handled the cutting power they needed. To finish the guitar, the students purchased a ready-made neck and other necessary hardware.
Wildly popular among hobbyists, our iQ series of desktop CNC routers consist of space-saving machines at affordable prices. As excellent starter models, these CNC routers can produce a wide variety of designs with tremendous precision.
Our CO2 laser cutters are the perfect tools for engraving your favorite designs in acrylic, thin woods and numerous more materials. These machines, which provide excellent value for the price, can engrave complex designs quickly and accurately while leaving behind minimal wood dust or metal shavings.
Our Swift series of CNC routers consist of excellent options for craftsmen looking for a cheap CNC machine to get their cuts done, without blowing the budget. Efficient and affordable even for small shops, these 3-axis CNC routers are low in price and high in quality.
If you’re looking for efficiency in a CNC machine, our SmartShop CNC routers are an excellent way to go. These machines allow you to increase the speed of production and improve the quality of your cuts.
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