Please make sure any work in the Making Center open work areas (L2, N2) is cleaned up, labeled, and stored properly when you have completed work.


CNC Shop



Labs, Shops, and Studios

CNC/Machine Shop

2 W 13th St, 3rd floor   •   Hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm, Sat: 11am - 7pm
Open to: all New School students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes


*The L3 CNC Shop will temporarily be closed on Sundays*

General Info

The CNC/Machine Shop at 2 West 13th Street (see map) supports both digital and manual machining with the following equipment:

  • 4 Desktop ShopBots
  • A 4’x8′ ShopBot Alpha with tool changer
  • A Haas Super Mini Mill with 4th axis attachment
  • 2 Roland MDX-40A bench top CNC mills with rotary attachments
  • 2 Manual Vertical Mills
  • 3 Manual Machining Lathes
Model production in the CNC/Machine Shop

Model production in the CNC/Machine Shop

With proper training and supervision, students can use this equipment to fabricate projects to high levels of precision out of foams, wood products, plastics, waxes, and metals.

The CNC/Machine Shop also has a Casting and Epoxy Room (more info below) for plastic casting and rubber mold making, and there is a spray booth and airbrush room down the hallway.  These facilities have ventilation for working with certain materials, but students must still use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and only work with materials from the Approved Materials List.

Safety Orientations

Students must attend a short safety orientation before they can use this shop. Once completed, students will receive a sticker for their ID. This is separate from the Wood Shop or Metal Shop safety orientations.

We’re including the safety orientation at the beginning of all CNC tutorials for the time being.  If you only need access to the Casting Room, please check in with the Technician ahead of time if you have not had a previous orientation.  We can often give a quick safety orientation if the shop is not busy.

CNC Tutorials

We provide hands-on tutorials for the CNC equipment. Students must attend one of the tutorials and then complete a short assignment before they are cleared to use the CNC equipment in the CNC/Machine Shop (the CNC Shop in the 25 East 13th St. building has a drop off service for students who do not want to run their own files). Tutorials last about 2 hours and take place in the CNC Shop on the 3rd floor of the 2 W 13th St. building.  The assignment after the tutorial will take one to two hours to complete, and must be completed during a homework sign up time within 2 weeks of doing the tutorial.  More information will be given during the tutorials.

Click the “Mandatory Orientation Sign-Up” button at the top of the page to reserve a spot at one of the CNC Tutorials.

If faculty members plan on assigning CNC specific projects, please reach out to Nathan Carter to coordinate.

The final CNC Tutorial of the semester will be held on November 18th.  After that, we’ll be focused on helping students complete their tutorial homework assignments and final projects for their coursework.  If you did not get a chance to attend a CNC Tutorial this semester, we’ll continue giving them in the spring.  

Casting Room

In order to use the Casting Room, students must wear goggles, a tyvek suit, and a respirator with appropriate cartridges.  These items are all sold in the Making Center Material Store.

The following materials are approved for use in the Casting Room:

Bio Based Casting and Coating Epoxy
Entropy Resin SAP CCR

Two Part Epoxies
West System Epoxy

Casting Plastics
Smooth­-On 300 Series
Smooth-­On 320 Series

Casting and Mold Rubbers
Smooth-­On Dragon Skin
Smooth­-On Encapso K
Smooth­-On Mold Star
Smooth­-On OOMOO
Smooth-On Brush On

Casting Foams
Smooth­-On Flex Foam­-it
Smooth-­On Foam-­it

No other products or materials are allowed without direct approval from the shop manager.  This is for safety reasons.  Talk to the CNC/Machine Shop staff if you have any questions.

Related Equipment and Tools

• HAAS Milling Machine

• ShopBot PRS_Alpha 4′ x 8′ CNC

• MDX-40A Benchtop CNC Mill

• ShopBot Desktop Mill 24″ x 18″