An accessible, beginner-friendly resource to understand CNC (Computer Numerical Control) for anyone interested in CNC woodworking and the future of these technologies. From the fundamentals of CNC to its machinery, software, tools, and materials, this complete guide will teach you everything you need to know in a way that’s clear, approachable, and easy to comprehend. Also included are two step-by-step projects for a CNC chair and a 3D flip machining spoon using Autodesk 360.
Steve Thompson grew up in rural Southern California, working in fabrication shops since he was eight. He studied physics and philosophy at UC Irvine, then lived on an educational farm for six years designing and fabricating small dwellings. Steve teaches Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Systems at San Francisco State University, and works at the Exploratorium at the San Francisco Science Museum, where he helped build the new Tactile Dome. He is based in Berkeley, California where he also helps run a small art residency non-profit called Stochastic Labs.