Machine Shop: Introduction to Centroid CNC

  • Tuesday, April 04, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • BARN Machine Shop: 6:00-7:30pm, Class code: ME040423EB
  • 3



Learn the essentials of the Centroid CNC VCP (Virtual Control Panel), the interface for all CNC machines in our studio.

About this Class

This is a prerequisite for the CNC Lathe and CNC Mill classes, and highly recommended for CNC Plasma Cutter classes.

You’ll learn what all those buttons do, which directions the machine moves along the different axes, how to load a G-code program, and the way to communicate directly with the machine via MDI (Manual Data Input).

There’s a lot to know about operating a CNC machine beyond loading a program and pushing the button, and this class will get you started. After attending this class, you can proceed directly to Introduction to Plasma CNC, Fusion 360 CAM for Lathe or Mill, or CNC Lathe and CNC Mill classes.


Wear closed-toe shoe, tie back long hair, avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry and roll up sleeves. Wear hearing protectors when warranted and safety glasses (bring your own or use BARN's).



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Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer, working in a wide range of media and constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds an MFA in Glass from RISD, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO. Her work may be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, RI. She is a self-taught machinist, having bought a lathe during the pandemic, and finds the precision machine tools offer incredibly relaxing.

Contact: David Hays

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