Tinkersmiths offers CNC cutting and part milling services. The levels below are just a guide. Please contact us if you would like more insight.
Tinkersmiths has an entry level ShapeOko that is available to those interested in exploring and learning the basics of producing products or parts on a CNC. The ShapeOko is available during workhops and individuals will need to sign up to use it.
A little insight on the ShapeOko: It is an open hardware project that was created by Edward Ford, and it is a low cost kit machine. The value of this machine, over our other CNCs, is that a person doesn't need to learn complicated tool path creation (or mess with G-code) in order to use it. With this machine, the CAM software (which sets the tool paths) has been replaced by a simple web page that runs in a browser. This web-based drawing application is easy enough for young children to learn.
Easel CNC Drawing Site at inventables:
For advanced tooling and path control on ShapeOko try:
2) Hobbyist - CNC Milled Projects
3) Commercial CNC Routing Services
Our industrial grade 4' x 8' flatbed is driven by powerful Nema 34 steppers. Made from aircraft quality 80/20 t-slot, this machine could run 24 hours. This machine has a high speed (up to 24,000 rpm) spindle. Tinkersmiths offers professional CAD/CAM CNC production services at a low cost. We can accept your drawing or model in a variety of file types. We also offer full design, modeling, and 3D rendering services. Our large machine can cut various sheets of material at a time. These range from several stacked layers of plywood to full sheets of non-ferrous metal such as aluminum. Other materials like PVC, brass, copper, polycarbonate, can be cut by the machine. We operate using an assortment of cutting tools. These tools differ depending on the material type, object shape, and dimensional tolerances needed for each project.
- We employ three-axis subtractive machining with automation software.
- The CNC can cut a variety of material types such as solids, plys, composites, and polys.
- We can also make precision machined parts.
Flatpack designed stools on our 4'x8' flatbed CNC in 3/4" plywood in Charlottesville
1/2" polycarbonate dust collector cut on the flatbed CNC for the CNC