FAQs

WHAT IS A CNC MACHINE?
A CNC router is a computer controlled shaping machine. It is related to a conventional hand-held router. However, instead of hand held routing, the tool paths can be controlled via computer numerical control. It is a computer-controlled machine for cutting various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminum, steel, plastics, and foams.

A CNC router can reduce waste, frequency of errors, and the time the finished product takes to get to market. For example, CNC routers can perform the tasks of many carpentry shop machines such as the panel saw, the spindle moulder, and the boring machine. It can also cut mortises and tenons.

A CNC router can be used in the production of many different items, such as door carvings, interior and exterior decorations, wood panels, sign boards, wooden frames, moldings, musical instruments, furniture, and so on. In addition, the CNC router helps in the thermoforming of plastics by automating the trimming process. CNC routers can help ensure part repeatability and sufficient factory output.

CAN I DROP MY KIDS OFF FOR A WORKSHOP?
A&J is a workshop and community facility created to maximise collaborative participation on the Aylesbury Estate. We are not a babysitting service.

Children under 10 are not permitted to attend unaccompanied, and children over 10 must be dropped off and collected at the workshop start and finish times. Contact details and consent forms must be completed too.

CAN I COME AND MAKE ANYTHING I LIKE?
We would like to encourage all workshop participants to design and build things that they think will add to the neighbourhood. Whether you are bashing a bird box together or designing a table tennis set, we’d like to encourage you to think about your community, and how best you can contribute to it.

WHO IS RUNNING THE WORKSHOPS?
The workshops will be run by a number of HTA and Notting Hill staff members. The are all currently working on the Aylesbury Estate Regeneration programme, and most of them will be familiar to you if you have attended any consultation events or other activities based on the estate.

Staff on site are DBS checked and have a vested interest in making the project awesome.