Learning Centre

The CNC Learning Centre is your resource for learning about the different components, configuration options, techniques, and technology used with CNC machines.

Visit our glossary of CNC terms to learn more about the terminology and definitions used in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).

Spoilboard surfacing and improving suction on a vacuum table

MDF spoil boards need to be surfaced to remove the manufacturer-applied sealer to make it porous so the vacuum can operate at highest efficiency and hold down the workpiece securely. Learn more about what a spoil board and vacuum table are.

Types of vacuum pumps

There are several different types of vacuum pumps available for use with a CNC router. To ensure you’re not paying too much or not getting optimal performance of your machine, it’s important that you make the right selection of vacuum pump to suit your needs.

Stepper vs. Servos motor

The question often comes up, should I upgrade to servo motors? What’s the difference and is it worth the upgrade? Although CanCam offers servo motors as an option, you may want to consider several factors before making your decision. The preliminary difference between a traditional stepper and a servo system is the type of motor and how it’s controlled.