CNC Router 101

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CNC Router 101

Learn how to use the CNC Router and create 2D tool paths.

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MakerLabs 780 East Cordova Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1M3 Canada

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

About this event

CNC Router 101

Learn the basics of our CNC (computer numerical control) router. This robotic cutting tool can create parts with complex curves and surfaces out of wood, plastic, soft metal (including aluminum), foam, and other composites.

This orientation will present the whole CNC process, from CAD (computer aided design) to CAM (computer aided machining) to CUT (cutting your part), and each student will get hands-on experience operating the CNC router.

Students will learn how to prepare a simple 2D design, and then use VCarve software to convert your design to a toolpath for the CNC router. This tool allows its user to make intricate signs, custom furniture pieces, and an infinite variety of flat parts which can be assembled to create complex 3D creations.

Included in the class fee is a 30 minute consultation with a MakerLabs staff member, to be scheduled within 30 days of taking class.

We require that students must bring their own safety glasses or they will be available for purchase at the front desk for $5

Please note, due to COVID-19, the following measures are now in place for this class:

  • It is recommended that everyone sanitize their hands upon entering the building.


Plywood box (materials provided)


Required: none

Recommended: Inkscape 101, WoodLab 101

Equipment Access

ShopBot CNC Router 



  • Safety glasses
  • Mask
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Remove dangling jewelry
  • Tie back long hair 


  • Hearing protection


Is there an age limit to enter the event?

The minimum age for participants is 13 years old with a participating guardian or 18 otherwise.  

What are my parking options at MakerLabs?

MakerLabs' parking lot is located on the east side of the building on the corner of Hawks Avenue and East Cordova Street.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at with any questions or concerns.

Can I sign up for the member rate?

If you sign up for a membership on the day of the class, you'll receive a refund for the difference between the general and membership class price.

How do I cancel or reschedule my class?

Refunds (minus Eventbrite fees), credits for future classes and orientations, or transferring a ticket to a future date, will only be provided if we are notified by email to at least 24 hours in advance of the class. For cancellation less than 24 hours before the class, we do not provide a refund, but we do offer a 50% credit towards a future class or orientation. No refunds or credits will be provided for no shows. If transferring a ticket to a future class date, students may only transfer their ticket once before forfeiting their original ticket, even if providing more than 24 hours notice.

What happens if I show up late?

Please arrive 15 minutes before the schedule start of the class so that it can start on time. Attendees arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be allowed in the class.