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Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 11:44am Age: 166 days
Category: Middle School, District


Students in Rich Budd’s seventh-grade Technology classes have been busy creating custom wood-carved signs using a new CNC router.

This new Techno HD CNC router arrived last school year and it hasn't stopped running since. It’s now the third CNC router available for student use. 

A computer numerical control (CNC) router is a computer-controlled cutting machine related to the hand-held router used for cutting hard materials like wood, composites, aluminium, steel, plastics, glass and foams. 

CNC routers can perform the tasks of many carpentry shop machines such as the panel saw, the spindle moulder and the boring machine. Automation provides precision and consistency, reduces waste and the frequency of errors, increasing productivity and getting the finished product to market faster.

“When running a project of this magnitude, you need multiple machines to get students through the process in a timely manner,” said Mr. Budd. “This new addition offers reliability like we have never had before. Our other CNC routers are much older and have started to show signs of wear. If a machine stops working now for some reason we can still continue with the project since we have multiple to work with.”

Students start by designing their custom signs using the Vectric Aspire program. Once they have modeled their signs, they prep the wood blanks for carving.

Seventh-grader Madison Jellema’s sign read, “Kick with a purpose,” a phrase she picked up from her soccer coach John Stevens. It took about five minutes for the router to carve out her design.

“I like coming to this class because I get to use different parts of my brain,” Madison added. She plans to hang her sign in her bedroom.

After, students spray paint their carvings and give them a final clear coat of finish.

Antonio Ascolese
’s sign, “Antonio Sunshine Coffee Tech,” was inspired by the coffee shop business his family once owned. After the router carved his sign, he spray painted it and applied a clear coat finish.

“I like making stuff, and using tools and technology,” Antonio said.

Danielle Hauber enjoys the makerspace environment of technology class. “I have a lot of choices and freedom to do what I want to,” Danielle said.

Her sign bears the seal of the U.S. Coast Guard and its motto, “Semper Paratus,” Latin for “always prepared.” It’s a tribute to her brother Frank Hauber, a Class of 2018 graduate, who recently joined the Coast Guard.