To demystify the process of working with a CNC mill, here we'll show you what you need to learn to cut a basic part out. In broad strokes, there are four steps:
1. Setting up the drawing file
2. Converting your drawing into toolpaths
3. Mounting the bit & workpiece
4. Cutting the part
A CNC mill offers you an amazing amount of options within those four steps, and in future episodes we can drill down into them further; but for now we wanted to ease you into it, so think of this as more of an overview.
We're making appleboxes for our first project, starting with the top and bottom pieces, which require both straight profile cuts and rounded edges. Here we go: