Gerber CNC

Prerequisites for Gerber CNC Badging:

  1. Prior Experience Required: Before getting certified for the Gerber, members must:
    • Be already badged and experienced on the Shapeoko.
    • Have experience performing operations like through-cuts, engraving, etc.
    • Have completed a minimum of 3 projects on the Shapeoko.
  2. Safety Benchmark:
    • Members should have a clean track record with no incidents such as hitting workholding clamps or cutting into the table.

Safety Rules for Gerber CNC Operation:

  1. Tape Perimeter Barrier:
    • This barrier must be erected whenever possible when the CNC is in operation.
  2. Safety Buddy Requirement:
    • If a member needs to be inside the perimeter for any reason while the tool is powered, they must have a safety buddy present.
  3. Emergency Stop (Estop) Usage:
    • The Estop button must be pressed whenever tool changes are made.
  4. Stay Attentive:
    • Operators must remain with the machine while it's running. Do not leave it unattended.
  5. Responsibility for Others:
    • Operators are responsible for the safety of others in the vicinity.
    • Ensure others are at a safe distance and out of harm's way when the machine is in operation.

Badging video timestamp notes:
00:00:00 Prerequisites & Safety
00:03:22 Materials to use/avoid
00:04:00 Stay with the machine
00:04:24 Workflow
00:06:00 Using VCarve Pro
00: 07:00 Zeroing & datums
00:08:22 VCarve Pro Tools
00:12:48 CAM - Making a tool path
00:16:57 Z gap
00:18:30 Feeds & Speeds
00:21:43 Set inside, outside, on the line cut
00:23:17 Tabs
00:24:28 Simulate tool path
00:25:40 Save tool path & post processor
00:27:40 3D Engraving
00:30:40 Fonts
00:31:50 Machine overview
00:34:08 Machine startup procedure
00:37:50 E Stops
00:39:00 Homing & manual jogging
00:43:45 Manual Data Input
00:47:45 Securing workpiece
00:50:40 Installing bits into collets
00:54:36 Loading GCode from flash drive onto machine
00:56:37 Setting new origin [relative to workpiece]
01:04:00 Vacuum table & clamping tips
01:06:45 Test running your design in the air
01:07:32 Pausing and resuming
01:10:10 Engraving pass
01:12:40 Cleanup

Badge Prerequisite: 
Watch Video
Pass Quiz
Facilitator Checkout
Estimated Minutes for Checkout: 
180 Minutes
In person checkout required