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Everything You Need to Know to Build Your Own CNC Machine!

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We are very lucky to have Rich Loen + Chris Manning back in house to provide this informative workshop and delve into the makings of your own CNC machine.

Note: Rich will also bring a small CNC mill he made for carving names into hockey pucks - and if you’re lucky, you can get your name carved into a puck during the event!

The Workshop

Rich Loen (https://Loen.Design) has built many CNC machines including routers, mills, and cutters. He’ll share the knowledge he’s gained both building CNC machines from scratch, and converting metal-working mills to CNC.

Rich will cover:

  • Hardware options - machine frame, linear bearings, ball-screws, belt drives

  • Electronics - stepper motors, servos, drivers, power supplies, control interfaces like smooth steppers, G540, Planet CNC hardware.

  • Spindle options - routers, air/Water cooled spindles, high-speed spindles

  • Control Software - Mach3, Linux CNC, PlanetCNC, etc.

  • Design Software - Fusion 360, Vectric V-Carve Pro, Other options

  • Suppliers of hardware and software

Rich will be joined by Chris Manning (@silver_hand), a local watch maker and silver smith with years of CNC lathe and mill experience.

About Rich

Rich Loen is an Ottawa engineer, woodworker and artist. He’s the founder of InGenius Software, a local high-tech firm, as well as many other Ottawa software and hardware companies, since graduating from Carleton University in 1985.

You can find Rich at, and on

Youtube at

Earlier Event: February 25
OTL Demo Night: Intro to Home Plumbing
Later Event: February 27
Maker Meetup