CNC router making a Maker Hub signCNC routers are computer-controlled machines that carve and cut wood, foam, some plastics and metal. It’s basically a spinning drill bit that removes material. While 3D printers represent additive forms of fabrication (they slowly add material where none exists), CNC machines represent a subtractive form of fabrication (because they remove existing material to create a product).

What can I make with a CNC router?

You can make all types of things with a CNC router – from furniture to jewelry and more – similar to the laser engraver. The difference is the CNC router can handle thicker and larger material.

We have two CNC routers for two different purposes. The small OtherMill Pro is designed to make custom circuit boards. It can engrave other materials but for most CNC projects, the larger ShopBot Desktop Max is the better choice.


Maker Hub – Downtown


The CNC router is located in the Safety Zone so please review the Safety Zone rules on our policies webpage.

Tutorials and resources

Learn more about our required CNC training on the Maker Hub’s Moodle site. 

CNC Basic Training and Safety


The ShopBot Desktop Max can accommodate materials up to 24” x 36” in size.