CNC set up training by Ralph Bagnall

CNC set up training and Q&A session.

Ralph Bagnall has been a CDC advisor and consultant to SketchList for nearly ten years.   Ralph is highly qualified tin the area of cnc set up training.  A professional woodworker for more than 20 years, he is also a woodworking author writing articles and books on woodworking  This experience has given him an extensive background in CAD, CAD/CAM, and 3D programming.  He had used every type of software from a $40 2D Drafting program to a true 3D modeling program costing tens of thousands of dollars.   He is joining our Sketchlist 3D evening meetings to share ideas on cnc setup training, answer questions about software and hardware, and provide you with his opinions.   Here is a link to Ralph’s thoughts on SketchList 3D.


cnc set up training

The meeting is on July 16, 2020, at 8:00 PM EDT.  The code for the meeting is

A few words from Ralph:

I first learned how to program and operate CNC machines in the wood industry back around 1997, and after 20 years, I still enjoy running them and watching them work. So when Fox Chapel Publishing asked me to write a beginner’s guide to CNC machines {a guide to cnc set up training}, I jumped at the chance. Now a lot of things have changed since I started out. You no longer need to handwrite every X, Y coordinate into the program, the software does most of the work for you. And designs can be imported into the machine directly from programs like SketchList, allowing much greater work sharing. But the biggest change is that CNC machines are now available in sizes and prices that fit into many home wood shops.

The book

Now I have the basic outlines of the book written. I have been teaching woodworkers to run CNC machines for decades, so I am familiar with how I want to pass on this information.

Sometimes when you teach a subject you know well, care must be taken to keep the lesson accessible to the audience. At the same time, you can learn from your students.   So I invite you to tell me what you want to learn.

  • If you are new to CNCs,
  • thinking about buying your first,
  • or just feel like you need help getting more out of your existing machine,

I want to hear from you, and the good folks at SketchList are helping me reach out to you. You can share your questions and concerns with me so I can answer them in the book. Because if you are asking, we can bet that many others are wondering too.

You can comment here with questions, or you can ask me directly on Thursday, July 16th at 8:00 PM EDT. I will be joining Dave from SketchList online so you can log on and ask your questions live.


Learn more about Ralph and his Woodcadamy.


Meeting invitation

Topic: Ralph on CNC
Time: Jul 16, 2020, 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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