Jan 26, 2015

Carvey desktop hobby CNC router

Carvey is a desktop CNC router from Inventables. They call it desktop carver since they think "cnc router" would be confusing for new users.

It can carve in many materials including soft metals:
  • Hardwoods like walnut, maple, and mahogany
  • Softwoods like pine and balsa
  • Cork
  • Plywoods and MDF
  • Soft metals including aluminum, copper, brass, silver and gold
  • Circuit boards
  • Plastics like acrylic, HDPE, Delrin, Corian and PVC
  • Waxes and foams
  • Linoleum and other stamping materials
It was first launched on Kickstarter where it was successfully funded:

KS campaign:

Carvey demonstration:

Carvey homepage:

Carvey technical specifications:
  • Machine Footprint: 24" x 24" x 18” (61cm x 61cm x 46cm)
  • Work Area: 12” x 8” x 2.75” (30cm x 20cm x 7cm)
  • *Repeatability 0.001" to 0.003" 
  • Run out: .0006" (.01524mm)
  • Spindle RPM: 3000-12,000 (300W)
  • Weight Approx: 60 lbs. (27kg)
  • Materials it Can Cut: wood, soft metals, foam, plastics, circuit boards
  • Connectivity: USB Port 
  • Computer System Requirements: Chrome web browser, 64 bit Mac or Windows, USB Port.
  • Price at 1999 USD range for base model
Here is Barnacules touring the Inventables offices and reviewing the Carvey:

Carvey has a nice design but there are no independent reviews or test.

Carvey desktop cnc router

Example of a casing and components made with Carvey