What is a CNC Router?
A CNC router is a computer conrolled 3-axis (x, y, z) digital fabrication tool used for cutting sheet stock such as plywood or foam. It can make 2D cuts similar to a laser cutter, but can also create 3D contours because the router blade can move in all dimensions. Our CNC machine has a 2′x4′ bed size and can be used to produce furniture, signage, site models, pavilion scale projects, and much more. The CNC is located in Rm. 003 of 320 Newbury Street. Partworks which is the coding software used to cut any project is available on every workstation in open lab in Rm. 401.

CNC Manual
We have developed a CNC Manual to help you orient yourself to the logistics and workflow of CNC operation at the BAC. Please take the time to review the CNC manual - we will refer to it often!

Contact and Scheduling 
Kyle Sturgeon is the BAC fabrication labs coordinator, overseeing bothe CNC and Woodshop. The CNC machine is available by appointment to all BAC students and faculty. Schedule appointments at All questions/concerns should be sent to

Students and Faculty may book a meeting with a knowledgeable CNC Operator for 3 types of sessions:

  • Orientation (1 hour): To learn how to use the CNC machine.
  • Preparation (1-2 hours): To review my toolpaths or ask questions about my project, the software etc.
  • Cut (1-3 hours): To create the project. Prep meeting has been completed and project has been reviewed by CNC Operators or Computing Assistants. Appropriate materials are in hand.

To Book an Appointment
Choose one the three above appointment types – Orientation, Preparation and Cut – at

** Note: all students and faculty must schedule and attend a Prep session prior to a Cut session.

Operators/Hours of Operation
The CNC Router is operated by appointment only. You must schedule through our online booking system and you must be present in the CNC Lab for the duration of the job.

Please email for next open house.

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