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Guru Page: SHOPBOT_Juliet

Template File & Tolerance

  • Join all vectors
  • Save / export file as .dxf

0.01" offset (MDO 0.48", notch 0.47")

Guide to PartWorks V2

1. Set material size to 48″ x 48″, Z zero to top, uncheck use origin offset, and click “okay”.

2. Click on “create fillets”.

3.  The CNC machine cannot make 90 degree sharp corner and must have either fillet, dogbone or t-bone when dealing with a corner condition. The fillet/ tool radius is determined by the size of endmill used (1/4″ endmill, 0.125″ radius).

4. Select vector in drawings and set tool path. To create pocket toolpath:

Start depth to 0

Cut depth to 0.25″ (or anything number less than material thickness 1/2″ MDO)

Select cutting tool (1/4″ endmill, pass depth 0.25″)

Set cut direction to conventional

5. Pocket tool path.

6. Next, select vectors in drawing and create a drilling tool path.

Start depth to 0

Cut depth to 0.54″ (a number slightly larger than the 0.5″ MDO)

Select cutting tool (1/8″ endmill, pass depth 0.54″ – same as cut depth)

Set cut direction to conventional

7. Create Tool path> Tool > Select > Tool database.

8. Drilling tool path.

9. Last, select vectors in drawing and create a profile tool path.

Start depth to 0

Cut depth to 0.54″ (a number slightly larger than the 0.5″ MDO)

Select cutting tool (1/4″ endmill, pass depth 0.27″ – half of the cut depth)

Cut on the outside of profile

Select cut direction to conventional

10. Profile tool path. Note: be sure to double check which side the tool path is on (inside or outside of material). If vectors are not joined, the tool path may not appear or occur on the “wrong” side of object.

11. All tool paths.

12. Uncheck all tool paths. Check one tool path at a time and save individually.

Guide to ShopBot

1. Screw material (MDO) onto CNC bed. Align at bottom right corner. Turn ShopBot CNC machine switch on, and insert / turn key.

ShopBot Machine Bed

2. Open ShopBot program, use shortcut K to bring up control panel, and shortcut X to speed up the CNC machine. It is important to measure the Z zero at center of sheet material. Select Cuts > C2 – Zero Z Axis with Z zero Plate. Attach alligator clip onto endmill and place metal plate on top of the MDO.

3. Set XY origin to bottom right corner of ShopBot CNC bed.

4. Load tool path.

5. Turn vacuum machine on. Click start, read instructions, and press green button on control box. The Shopbot will begin making a high pitch noise indicating that it’s “on”. Click okay.


One Response

  1. alefiyahh says:

    hey juliet..its gr8! 🙂

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Instructor: Nick Gelpi TA: Skylar Tibbits TA: Varvara Toulkeridou
Class Times, Monday, 1-4pm - room 5-216
4.184 is an intensive introduction to methods of making explored through a wide range of brief but focused 1-week exercises. We'll engage the real and leave behind representation in the focused context of this class gaining skills for utilizing a range of fabrication machines and technologies from lasercutting, waterjet, 3D printing, welding, formworking-molding, casting, gears, joints and composites.
In this workshop we'll constrain ourselves to the territory of the 1:1. Students will represent architectural constructions at full scale and develop a more intimate relationship with technology by engaging the tools and techniques that empower us. We will gain access to the most cutting edge machines and technologies in the MARS lab at the Center for Bits and Atoms.
The second layer of information for this course will be to look at a series of case studies in which construction methods and technologies have played a dominant role in the design process .
Over the past 20 years, architects have focused on the technology of representation to create new ideas of what architecture could be. Looking back today, much of that research failed to substantially change the way we design buildings by focusing on apriori formal configurations. This class makes the contention that this failure comes from a lack of considerations of the potentials within fabrication knowledge. We look to the future of what building might become, given the expanded palette of personalize-able technologies available to us as architects. Students will participate in curious technological and material investigations, to discover the potentials, known and unknown, for these various technologies.
The sub-disciplines of what's drawn and what's built have been compartmentalized and disassociated as the representational tools of architecture have distanced themselves from the techniques of making. At the same time the technologies for “making” in architecture have provided us with new possibilities for reinventing how we translate into reality, the immaterial representations of architecture.


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