Making, Digital Fabrication and Prototyping Services

Taking a break on the workshops and tool access for a bit. Still offering professional services such general making, digital fabrication, product prototyping, product production and co-fabrication through Many of the product developed though the Makerspace experience are beginning to emerge at

Tinkersmiths offers CNC cutting and part milling services. The levels below are just a guide. Please contact us if you would like more insight.

Charlottesville Custom Made with CNC
1) Hobbyist - CNC Workshops
Tinkersmiths has an entry level ShapeOko that is available to those interested in exploring and learning the basics of producing products or parts on a CNC.  The ShapeOko is available during workhops and individuals will need to sign up to use it.

A little insight on the ShapeOko: It is an open hardware project that was created by Edward Ford, and it is a low cost kit machine. The value of this machine, over our other CNCs, is that a person doesn't need to learn complicated tool path creation (or mess with G-code) in order to use it. With this machine, the CAM software (which sets the tool paths) has been replaced by a simple web page that runs in a browser. This web-based drawing application is easy enough for young children to learn.

Easel CNC Drawing Site at inventables:

More info:

For advanced tooling and path control on ShapeOko try: 

2) Hobbyist - CNC Milled Projects
Do you simply need a CNC milled part made for a home project (like a replacement panel for a piece of furniture, or other small item, etc.) and want Tinkersmiths to create it for you? Tinkersmiths serves well the tinkerer that may not know exactly what they need, or how to go about it all. We can create the 3D model needed, and cut the part(s) you may need very affordably. No project is too small. Many sign companies and/or manufacturing facilities do not have the ability to clear the slate for smaller projects, but as a Makerspace, we have the flexibility. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. what you need, and we'll see what we can do to help.

3) Commercial CNC Routing Services
Our industrial grade 4' x 8' flatbed is driven by powerful Nema 34 steppers. Made from aircraft quality 80/20 t-slot, this machine could run 24 hours. This machine has a high speed (up to 24,000 rpm) spindle. Tinkersmiths offers professional CAD/CAM CNC production services at a low cost. We can accept your drawing or model in a variety of file types. We also offer full design, modeling, and 3D rendering services. Our large machine can cut various sheets of material at a time. These range from several stacked layers of plywood to full sheets of non-ferrous metal such as aluminum. Other materials like PVC, brass, copper, polycarbonate, can be cut by the machine. We operate using an assortment of cutting tools. These tools differ depending on the material type, object shape, and dimensional tolerances needed for each project.

CNC Services in Charlottesville Virginia
  • We employ three-axis subtractive machining with automation software.
  • The CNC can cut a variety of material types such as solids, plys, composites, and polys.
  • We can also make precision machined parts.

More about Tinkersmiths Commercial CNC/Milling Sevices

Tinkersmiths CNC Stools
Flatpack designed stools on our 4'x8' flatbed CNC in 3/4" plywood in Charlottesville
Tinkersmiths CNC Dream Big SignCutting an IX Art Park Dream Big sign on our 4'x8' flatbed CNC in 1/2" ply
Tinkersmiths CNC Dust Collection
1/2" polycarbonate dust collector cut on the flatbed CNC for the CNC
Tinkersmiths CNC Prusa Style GussetMaking a Prusa style 3D Printer gusset for a machine we are putting together