Understanding CNC Router Essentials

with Randy Johnson

CNC Routers can revolutionize your shop, and prices are more affordable than ever for even small production operations. Key to making it all work is understanding the software that drives CNC. In this 3-part series, WOOD Magazine tapped the teaching skills of CNC expert Randy Johnson to create this 1.5 hour overview of the VCarve Pro Design software that is compatible with most of the CNC equipment that Grizzly offers. Highly recommended for anyone interested in adding CNC to their shop.

Part 1: Workflow and Simple Design

In part one of this three-part series, CNC expert Randy Johnson explains the basic workflow of designing and cutting/carving a project using a computer-numerically controlled (CNC) router using VCarve Pro design software. Randy demonstrates importing and tracing a drawing, and how to turn images into vector drawings that the CNC understands.


Part 2: Tool Paths and Cutting Tools

In part two of this three-part series, CNC expert Randy Johnson explains how to set up various toolpaths for cutting/carving a project on a computer-numerically controlled (CNC) router using VCarve pro design software. Randy demonstrates step-by-step how to set cutting depth and speed, how to choose the cutting tool (bit), carving with a V-carving bit, and more.


Part 3: Design and Carve 3D Projects

In part three of this three-part series, CNC expert Randy Johnson explains how to design and create a 3D relief-carved project on a computer-numerically controlled (CNC) router using VCarve pro design software. Randy demonstrates step-by-step how to import an image and make it three-dimensional, how to add text, and more.