2019 Inventables Carvey 3D Carver: Review the Specs

The Inventables Carvey is a desktop-sized 3D carving machine that is fully enclosed, making the 3D carving process clean, quiet and safe for all. Let’s review the specs. Unlike 3D printing technology, which has found itself situated itself on the consumer market with desktop-sized machines, CNC and 3D carving machines have had a more difficult time hitting that same mark for hobbyists and entry-level makers who are confined in a home or workshop environment. To be fair, there are a few reasons why a 3D carving machine might not be as accessible as a desktop 3D printer. A 3D carving or CNC machine uses a rotating drill bit to cut through wood, plastic, or soft metals like aluminum. These machines can be loud, messy, difficult to use, and, on top of that, oftentimes much more expensive than a desktop 3D printer. However, because these digital fabrication tools are slowly becoming more affordable and compact, subtractive manufacturing technology has also started to reach a new level of accessibility. For further proof of this digital fabrication revolution, look no further than the Inventables Carvey, a desktop-sized 3D carving machine that has a fully-enclosed work area. Ori...

CNC Router & Aluminum: Can Your Router Cut Aluminum?

Did you know your CNC router can handle more than just wood? Learn the relevant details for cutting aluminum with a CNC router, including 7 useful tips! When most people think of machining metals such as aluminum, they think of a high-end milling machine. Such a machine is capable of extremely complex work, with spindles spinning the cutting tool at speeds comparable to most high-speed drills. A CNC router, however, has a spindle operating at a much higher rate of speed than a typical mill. They are primarily used for cutting wood materials in operations such as rounding edges, slot cutting, or lettering. Although it might not always be expressly mentioned, CNC routers are capable of cutting aluminum, in general. In the following, we’ll take a closer look at how this is possible and review a few tips that’ll make it easier. First, let’s take the opportunity to explain that, here, “cutting” refers to both the separation of an aluminum sheet into two or more pieces as well as slotting or making pockets into an aluminum plate. Basically, we are referring to the removal of material from either aluminum sheets or plates. This is done through the use of an endmill cutting bit.  Machi...