One of the coolest companies out there for the DIY and Maker scene has got to be Inventables. Based here in my home town of Chicago, they not only sell a wide variety of materials and equipment for 3D printing, milling and laser cutting, they also make some gear themselves.
The latest addition to their product lineup is the X-Carve, a 3D carving machine that can create models from plastic, wood or metal. The machine works in concert with Inventables’ easy-to-use Easel software for uploading models and controlling the machine’s movements. For those familiar with the Shapeoko & Shapeoko 2, the X-Carve is the next evolution of these already very solid machines, offering improvements in ease of use, durability, modularity and versatility.
One of the really cool things about the X-Carve is that the machine is flexible in terms of its bed size. You’ll be able to choose from off-the-shelf 500x500mm (~19.7″ x 19.7″) and 1000x1000mm (~39.4″ x 39.4″) machines, which provide approximately 12″ and 31″ of work area respectively. You can also make a machine at your own special size. Thanks to this flexibility, the machine can be used to make everything from signs to skateboards to pieces for assembling furniture.
X-Carve kits will start at as little as $799(USD) for everything you need to get up and running, to a “fully-loaded” kit with a large bed and a few other enhancements for $1256. You can also spend as little as $292 for the core components – though you’ll need to add to that if you want a fully functional machine.
You can pre-order your X-Carve today, and machines start shipping this April 30th. For those who already own a Shapeoko 2, Inventables is offering an upgrade kit for $200. You can learn more about the X-Carve and its capabilities in the video below: