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What's in your x-carve kit:
Your X-Carve CNC Router Kit - has most everything that you need to set-up and begin cutting, including the mechanical structure, motors, wiring, electronics, power supply, & router* * Router is optional
The XYZ Carve is the Australian version of an internationally renowned open source project that began life as a Shapoko and has evolved through many iterations into the fantastic entry level CNC routing machine that it is today.
A relatively large format computer controlled routing/milling machine for carving out your creations quickly and repeatably with tolerances you could not hope to achieve by hand.
The Machine is available in one of 3 standard sizes:
*Have a quick read of the purchasing guide for insight into machine size selection.
What's in the kit
Most everything you need to setup and begin cutting, including the mechanical structure, motors, wiring, electronics, power supply, & router* * Router is optional
You need to supply a computer, your imagination, and a piece of MDF for a wasteboard.
Have a look at the full list of the kit contents in the build instructions
We recommend you use Fusion 360, it's brilliant and free for hobbyists and startups, - don't wait till you have a CNC machine...download it now!
What Can you do with it
Anything you can think of that can be carved from a non-ferrous material, with dimensions that will fit within the machine should be able to be carved.
Some of our customers are making guitars, furniture, toys, product enclosures, signwriting, rapid prototype PCB's, trinkets and artwork for the local markets or Etsy. Other customers keep their intentions top secret or simply don't know what they will make yet but just know they need one.
The CNC machine is capable of working with all wood, plastic, foam and other soft machineable materials. While primarily designed as a woodworking machine they are used with plastics, carbon fibre, aluminium, brass, bronze etc - we have done all of the above.
The machine can produce almost anything that it's larger 3 axis counterparts (like the Heavy Mill or commercial 3 Axis machines) can accomplish - not at the same speed of the output of course but also not at the cost!
It's a great entry-level machine, great for the home workshop, prototyping works, crafts business, and also a fantastic way to dip a toe in the water with CNC production without the big spend.
Who can make and use an XYZ Carve?
Anyone, if you're interested in the machine and willing to put time into the build and learning its operation we will ensure that you get up and running. If our phone and email support cant get your machine up and running, we will take it back.
Why Buy From 3Dtek?
We stock locally for fast delivery and spares, & provide support in your timezone.
We warrant the machines, any parts or spares needed during initial build phase are free, including shipping.
Support, in & out of business hours, by email (and telephone where needed) during the setup phase.
12-month warranty on all parts where not damaged due to neglect or abuse.
We deliver the kits at a considerable saving when comparing to the equivalent international purchase price (Kit + shipping * currency conversion + GST on import)
Questions & AnswersAsk a Question
Hi - whatâs the maximum depth that the xyz carve would be able to cut? Appreciate it may need to be done through a number of passes. Thanks
Max depth is a function of endmill flute length and the type of job you are doing.
There is 65mm clearance under the X carriage and so this is the height your stock can be.
How deep you can cut into this stock depends on the length of your endmill and the length of its cutting flutes so is very job specific.
We have endmills that allow us to use the entire depth, however its a very rare requirement for us to do so
Hi, Could you tell me the Z axis travel of the XYZ Carve? Also, what is included in the kit? Would the work area of the 1000mm unit be roughly 700mm x 700mm or thereabouts? Lastly, would Mach 3 be compatible with your machine? Thank you.
Z Travel is around 100mm, however, the more important measurement is the height under the x carriage, which is 65mm.
So you can work on stock up to 65mm tall.
We do have some modifications to increase the height, however, they are not available with the kit and are to be purchased separately.
The work area is closer to 800x800 for the 1000mm machine.
You could drive this machine from mach3, however, you would need compatible electronics like a gecko drive or similar.
Mach3 is a very old solution, it can and should be avoided generally. Using a PC serial port to manage precise pulse train timing is in every way the wrong solution.
Microcontrollers are designed for this exact task and do a far better job. Mach 3 requires a 32 bit version of windows, very specific parallel ports chips and drivers which are hard to come by and its also a very clunky old interface. At one time Mach3 was the only option and so it was great - that however was a long time ago.
What type of materials is this unit capable of milling? Could I potentially cut aluminium or steel with it?
Aluminium - yes sure as well as brass, bronze, copper, & other soft metals.
Plastics, Foam, Wood, Carbon Fibre... perfect.
Steel, stone and similarly hard materials... sorry no.
It's, in every way possible, the wrong machine for these harder materials.
HI, as your machine is based on the X Carve, does easel work on your machine?
Yes, easel will work with any GRBL based machine so... Heavy Mill, XYZ Carve, X Carve, Shapeoko 1,2, & 3, the Ox and many more.
Its great as a starting point however you'll likely find its limitations and move on to fusion 360 or similar.
Was wondering if you do this in a size that will accommodate a 1.2m x 2.4m sheet of material. Cheers
G'day It can be done, we have not done so yet due to space in our own shop.
Can the XYZ -CARVE machine cut a design into wood using photographs and cut all of the details accurately ? Or is it limited to basic line drawings ? What is its capability regarding wood projects ? Is the kit form and use for basic beginners or intermediate or professional woodworkers? What about the skill level for the electronics and computer knowledge to assemble and work the machine? Thank you.
The machine is capable of such machining, the software you use to produce gcode may need to be more specific and expensive.
Vectric have an affordable product called photovcarve. How Easily and nicely the photo is converted into a finished product is more a function of the software and less the machine.
its in kit form and there is some work to get it setup. Several days in total, the electronics are simple, it's quite plug and play electrically. Ie not much soldering and no component assembly, mostly just screw terminals for your motors and power connectors etc. the controllers are pre programmed so no fussing about with programming electronics.
the computer related part is the cad and cam, these range from simple to incredibly complex and in cases expensive. The level of difficulty differs for the individual and on software choice.
Some opt to start with the inventables easel program as it removed them from the cad and cam, however it's very limited and is only really useful as a quick start.
Hi, will your XYZ - Carve machine work with Autodesk ArtCam Premium 2017 program which I already have. And will it work with windows 10 or like so many other CNC machines I've looked at need an old computer with windows XP.
Yes, Artcam has post processors that will work with GRBL.
Some users have also modified and uploaded specific GRBL post processors for artcam as well.
So while we have not used artcam generated Gcode files, there seems to be plenty of GRBL users who have.
No Parallel port required, works with mac, pc, Linux etc and version.
Hi, it says this machine will do light work in aluminium. I do small projects in 3mm plate and wondered if this machine would handle that or would I need to step up to the heavy version? Also do you do a smaller work platform as I would not require that size and would take up a lot of room in my work area. 500mm x 350mm work area would be the most i would need. Thanks.
Yes they can be produced at any size (within reason).
The smaller they are the more rigid too, which makes them more capable for alloy work.
Yes, you could easily manage 3mm in alloy.
Why is this more expensive than the USA based machine.
G'day, it's generally a few hundred dollars cheaper here. Our prices include GST and delivery.
When comparing, remember to apply the USD to AUD exchange rate, add shipping, add the GST charged you will be charged on arrival etc.