General CNC cleaning and maintenance tips


CNC machines get dirty. There is no way around it. For this reason, you need to take time to clean and maintain the Spyder CNC machine. It will last much longer that way.


The cleaning process for the Spyder CNC machine

We suggest using the items below when you clean your CNC machine.

  • Shop air
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Wipes
  • Brush
  • Gloves
  • Safety glass
  • Vacuum cleaner


The maintenance process for the Spyder CNC machine

We suggest using the steps below when you maintain your CNC machine.

  • Clean your machine: Brush first, then vacuum as much debris as possible. 
  • Inspect: Metal shafts should be clear of dirt and shavings. The collet should be clean with no debris on it. The spindle should be mounted tightly and should not move. It should spin freely when the machine is down. 
  • Collect: There should not be any loose tools, wrenches, material on the base plate. 
  • Track: Have a log sheet for cutting tools to keep records of approximate usage in hours. A dull end mill is not good for machining.


Enclosure cleaning

If you need to clean the enclosure polycarbonate panels, you can use water and soap, alcohol and wipes. Do not use cleaning products with ammonia or scented products. They may damage the polycarbonate panels.