CNC Machine Coming to the JFK CTE Department

CNC Machine Coming to the JFK CTE Department
In October, Chris Kowalski, a Career and Technology Education (CTE) teacher at JFK, attended the Seventy-Ninth annual Fall conference at SUNY Oswego. This is the largest Technology Education conference in the northeast, where educators and vendors from all over New York and neighboring states come together to share their new ideas, technologies and projects. During this conference, which attracted 400 plus attendees, Chris Kowalski was able to win a raffle which is bringing a brand new $18,000 CNC router to JFK , which is being donated by Forrest Scientific to JFK.


A CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router is a machine that carves out a computer generated image into a piece of stock (traditionally wood). Depending on the type and thickness of wood, along with the size of the bit, the programmer will have to decide how far each pass will plunge into the stock and at what speed it should travel. CNC machines are currently being used by many businesses to make complicated products more quickly and precisely.

For example, the company was able to produce multiple electric guitar bodies, which require several passes with the router to get through the inch and a half stock.


This addition to the CTE department at JFK will bring a completely new dynamic to its courses. Students will be able to see the importance of graphing and how it applies in the workforce since the machine uses X,Y and Z coordinates to produce a product. This machine is also capable of producing faster than its counterpart, the Makerbot a 3D printer, and serves as another tool for students to learn with. With the machine due to arrive December, the future has arrived and appears bright at the CTE department for JFK.