Rise of the desktop CNC machines - Inventables launch Carvey

Published 21 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cnc, kickstarter, milling, desktop, carvey, inventables

Some nice industrial design and soundproofing make this a desktop CNC that could fit cleanly into a design office

Inventables has launched a luxurious looking new desktop CNC machine, Carvey, to the desktop market, grabbing our interest with its slick design by MNML, and new easy use software.

Once you’ve got past the horrendous marketing schtick about ‘3D carving being the new 3D printing’, it’s actually an interesting bit of kit at a decent price point - $1,999 via its KickStarter campaign.

It’ll cut through the usual array of materials, including wood, soft metals and plastics on its 12” x 8” x 2.75” cutting bed, but thanks to a clever case, manages to cut back the milling noise to something relatively acceptable to have in an office environment.

Carvey comes with Easel, Inventables’ free design software that lets you design in 2D and view in 3D, instantly, offering what you see on the screen as what you get from the machine.

Easel runs in a web browser and can mill your own design, a design you’ve imported, or a file from its library of projects that other Easel users have created and shared.

The Carvey will cut through the usual array of materials, including wood, soft metals and plastics

You can also use your usual CAD, CAM, and machine control software - which we expect is going to be what’s needed to get down to the really complex 3D shapes.

The campaign has already shot past its goal, despite only launching today, which shows that people are really in the game for a decent desktop milling machine.


If this is something that really interests you, check out our blog post on lost wax casting, and the amazing array of desktop CNC machines already out there.

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