The CNC: why, when & how – W1118-18

Date: Aug 13 - 17, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Rich Tannen

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Combine the traditions of furniture making with modern technology in an intensive hands-on workshop that explores the creative potential of the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) router. We address the questions of why, when and how to use the CNC to satisfy your particular needs. Whatever your background, we explore ways in which this technology can become another powerful tool in your design/build repertoire. This is a hands-on workshop for both experienced and beginning CNC practitioners.

Media & Techniques:

We cut wood and foam component parts, and use Rhino CAD, MasterCam CAM and Fusion 360 software. Advanced CAD skills are welcome, but not required. There is instruction in CAM and CNC interface software, with some remedial help with Rhino. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops.


We begin to cut the parts immediately with intensive hands-on design and creation. We complete CAD, CAM and CNC operations using the router. Demonstrations, discussions, lectures and hands-on instruction occur at every stage, and we provide feedback in individual and group settings.


Rich Tannen is a professor emeritus in the furniture program at RIT. He has been exploring the CNC for eighteen years. He has exhibited his work extensively and is represented in many public and private collections. Rich’s honors include Artists’ Fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Arts Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


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