CNC 101: Make a Sign

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 02, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 02, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN ETA & Woodworking studios, Class Code: WO+ETA020122AE
  • 1


  • Tuition $130 + Material fee $10
  • $100 Tuition + $10 Material Fee

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Learn the basic features of VCarve Pro, a popular program used to make signs, engravings, intricate inlays and imported 3D shapes and models on computer-controlled routers. VCarve Pro is easier to learn than Fusion 360, the other 3D design program taught at BARN, and can be used for projects on both the large CNC router in the Woodworking Studio and the small CNC router in the ETA Lab.

You will use the VCarve Pro software to design an 8x16" sign. You will prototype your design on ETA's laser cutter and then head down to the wood shop to carve it on the CNC router.

Please note: To take this class, you need a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of VCarve Pro 11 already downloaded to that computer. Download a free trial at The software requires a PC or a MAC that has Windows installed. There is no time during the class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please email the instructor for help. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to the class, you may use an ETA studio desktop computer with the required software already loaded.


  • Open to students 14+ of all levels.
  • A material fee of $10 will be added to the tuition price.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please click here to read more.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Instructor: Al Ebken is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. (In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection.

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