Chapter 1. Your CNC Machine

Chances are if you've picked up this book (or purchased a copy), then you're probably somewhat familiar with the term CNC. But maybe not. CNC is an abbreviation for computer numerical control. A CNC machine, then, is a machine that carves out objects in three dimensions from a solid block of material. CNC machines are commonly used in industry to produce small parts such as bicycle stems and tools. Low-cost CNC machines are increasingly used by serious hobbyists, especially woodworkers, to carve creations out of materials such as wood and aluminum.

Read through this chapter and then flip through the rest of the book-you'll start seeing pictures of an unusual device being built (beginning with Chapter 7 and ending with ...

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