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How to Cut Aluminum with Your CNC Router

When you think of CNC routing, usually plastic and wood materials come to mind. But CNC routers also cut aluminum, a weaker metal, quite well.

At the same time, you have to watch out for a few things. As you might expect, cutting aluminum has its intricacies (versus wood and plastic). The first to be aware of is that aluminum is a “sticky” metal that wants to cling to your cutting tool. That makes removing chips a little trickier (which you’ll learn more about in a second).

With that in mind, here’s a few things to watch out for when you cut aluminum with your CNC router (Also, special thanks to Bob Warfield of CNC Cookbook for much of the info that appears in this post):

Now You’re Ready to Cut Aluminum

With these tips in mind, you’re now ready to cut aluminum, and experience a whole lot less frustration. Review them before you cut aluminum with your CNC router next time, learn from your mistakes, and improve your ability to cut aluminum.

 

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