Learn CNC @ WPI

The WPI Manufacturing Labs are one of the best places in the world to learn CNC machining.

Everyone who wants to "Learn CNC Machining" begins at their own starting point. We have found that the best way to become proficient quickly is to couple the "learning" that you do with actual CNC Machining. and we have many tools in the lab that can step you through this process. Below you will find both quick references, and and a set of step by step tutorials that will help get you up to speed.


  • Install from:
  • \\storage\software\Esprit
  • License Server: esprit-ls.wpi.edu
  • Map to drive T: \\storage.wpi.edu\academics\courses\ME\machine-shop

Already know what you are doing? Ready to start now? Reserve time on one of our 12 CNC Machine tools. Other wise checkout the resources below:

CNC Quick Guide for Haas Mills
CNC Quick Guide for Hass Lathes

CNC Programming

Fixturing Considerations

10 Fixture Design

Design Tips for easier CNC

13 Design for Manufacture (DFM)

Manufacturing Process Selection

Manufacturing Process Selection

WPI Learn CNC Tutorials

The WPI Learn CNC tutorials have been created in cooperation with Immersive Engineering, The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP, ) and Engineering Media Productions LLC. This content has been used to help tens of thousands of students gain proficiency in CNC Machining and Programming. To begin using the available content please read and follow the instructions below.

Read Me First

Please read all 4 steps of the instructions before filling out the form below.

  1. Follow the New Users Register Here link and submit the form.
  2. Once your account has been created, Login to the system using the credentials you created in Step 1.
  3. Use the subscription code: WPIStudent
  4. Complete the Safety for Machining Module, and The Intro To Milling and Turning Module

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

When Prompted,

use the Subscription Code: WPIStudent

Step 4

Complete the Safety for Machining Module, and

The Intro To Milling and Turning Module