CNC Router

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Carbide 3D CNC Router

The Carbide 3D CNC Router has the ability to cut through soft metals, wood, and plastic. It looks a lot like a 3D printer, but instead of printing a figure, it carves one. This machine has the ability to academically benefit not only STEM majors, but students from a variety of disciplines


Travel (X): 8in

Travel (Y): 8in

Travel (Z): 3in

Max Speed (X, Y): 100in/min

Max Speed (Z): 50in/min

Mechanical Resolution: .0005in

Mechanical Repeatability: .0015in

Mechanical Accuracy: .005in/ft

Spindle Power: 50watt

Spindle Speed: 2000 - 10000RPM

Max Cutter Diameter: 1/4in

Power Supply: 240 watt

Voltage: 120/240

Weight: 60lbs

Setting Up the CNC Router

  1. Upload your design file into Carbide Create
  2. Click on the settings icon. This is where you enter the dimensions of the material you are cutting into.
  3. Change the stock width and height
  4. Machine is the Nomad 883
*If there is already a drawing in the program's design space clear this and upload your file

Setting Tool Paths

  1. Select the part of your design that you want to cut first
  2. Create a tool path by choosing either contour or Vcarve
  3. Select the tool you are using for each tool path
  4. Leave on automatic speed
  5. Set max depth to slightly thicker than desired cut depth
  6. Set your offset direction as needed
  7. Repeat until all sections of drawing are completed
  8. Once all tool paths have been set either save the Gcode to a file. If carbide motion is open and printer is connected send to carbide motion
*if using on Mac make sure screen is maximized so that you can see the save to Gcode and send to carbide motion options

Carbide Motion

  1. Go to the jog tab and follow the on screen instructions
  2. Click the measure tool
  3. Using the onscreen interface and arrow keys set zeros by default. Zero is bottom left corner. You should only be able to fit a piece of paper between the machine and the material you are cutting into to
  4. Once this is done click set zeroes, then click zero all
  5. Finally click on the run tab, and then click begin project