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8. Computer controlled machining

Ohood AbdulKarim

The group spent some time to familiarize ourselves with the lab’s safety measure and testing the machine.


Gear up by following Safe Work Practices in our lab

Test the CNC machine ShopBot

we drew some rectangular test slots of similar size with difference of adding 0.1mm & 0.2mm & 0.4mm as shown in the picture below to test the joints and the best clearance value that will fit perfectly.

Feeding the measurement & setting:

-select the profile toolpath in toolpath operation then insert the material thickness 12mm plywood

-The cut depth 13.5mm with the step down of 3mm

-the tool end mill 6mm with spindle speeds 12000 & feed rate 2500

-machine vectors are outside we didn’t add a Tabs since it is a small pieces however it is advisable to add Tabs if the design is big

The best clearance value was adding 0.2mm that will insure proper fitting.


using try square tool to check the angles is accurate 90° angles of the piece. As shown in the picture below that the angles is 90°.

Abdallah Alsafadi

I wanted to test the fitting for the shopbot.

So Designed three pieces. and I cut them with Shopbot and I used 12 mm plywood.

the setting I used:

  • end mill (6mm)
  • pass depth:3mm.
  • stepover: 3mm.
  • spindle speed: 10000 rpm.
  • feed rate: 3.
  • start depth:0.
  • cut depth: 12.3.
  • outside cutting.

1 male piece with 50 mm pocket.

1 female piece with 50 mm head.

1 female piece with 49.8 mm head.

the 50 mm was fitting nicely but a bit lose.

the 49.8 mm was hard to fit but is firm and tight fit.

Sara Alhadhrami

I tested the spindle speed and feed rate of the 12mm end mill on a 12mm thickness of Plywood by making pockets with cut depth of 10mm.

First trail:

First I tried the default settings. Spindle Speed = 18000 r.p.m and Feed Rate = 3500 mm/min

Result: There are some dark areas at the corners which means that the tool while moving burned the wood. And the result is not clear, there are small black lines.

Second trail:

I decreased the spindle speed to 16000 r.p.m to see if the dark areas will disappear or not.

Result: As shown in the following image, dark areas at the corners approximately disappeared. But still the result is not clear and there are black lines.

Third trail:

Here I increased the feed rate and I made it 4500 mm/min and I kept the spindle speed as it is 16000 r.p.m since it gave a better result than 18000 r.p.m.

Result: No dark areas at the corners. Black lines are still there.

Fourth trail:

In the fourth trial I tried decreasing the feed rate to 2500 mm/min.

Result: Finally I got the best result. Its clear, no dark areas at the corners and I can say black lines disappeared.

Therefore, The best Feed Rate for 12mm end mill is 2500 mm/min and the best Spindle Speed is 16000 r.p.m

Last update: November 26, 2021