Inventables Announces New 3D Carving Machine: X-Carve

Inventables Announces New 3D Carving Machine: X-Carve

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Chicago – March 3, 2015 – Today, Inventables, Inc. launched X­Carve, their latest desktop 3D Carving machine. It’s capable of creating precision parts and models from plastic, wood and metal. The machine is the latest addition to Inventables’ 3D Carving ecosystem, which also includes Easel design and machine control software, a project­sharing website, a selection of hundreds of carvable materials, and Carvey, an enclosed machine suitable for an office or home setting.
 
X­Carve was created for a workshop setting. The machine is both customizable and expandable. It is also fully compatible with the previous 3D Carving kit offered by Inventables, the Shapeoko 2. Customers can upgrade and expand their existing machines by adding new X­Carve components.
 
X­Carve will be offered in a standard (500 x 500mm) and large size (1000 x 1000mm). X­Carve upgrade kits start at $200. The Basic 500x500mm Kit that contain all the components for a functional machine starts at $799, and the Fully Loaded 1000x1000mm Kit runs $1256. The price point makes this technology affordable to an ever­growing movement of makers and entrepreneurs.
 
Bart Dring, our Chief Engineer, implemented key design improvements, including mproving the spindle and rigidity. The new Slim Line spindle features a purpose built anodized aluminum housing which helps to maintain accuracy and rigidity. The gantry plates­ freed from dual duty­ now feature:
 
  • MakerSlide mounted in the corner, providing a more stable spindle position
  • Motors have been moved up for better belt wrap
  • One flush mounting location for NEMA 17 and NEMA 23 motors
The Inventables website guides users through customizing the exact machine they want. Parts will also be available a la carte. “We heard over and over again that people want to build machines in different sizes, with different electronics, and motors to fit their specific needs. In response, we built a tool that will allow them to customize a machine to do exactly what they want without having to buy unnecessary parts,” says Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan.
 
Example products that can be made with the X­Carve machine range from skateboards, to furniture, to signs.