CNC carving is quite commonplace in maker circles, especially for large, strong parts. If you find yourself wondering which machine among dozens to choose for milling wood, here are some of the best to get the job done.
CNC carving wood is a useful process, not just because of the size capabilities, but also for the aesthetic and material properties of wood. Napkin rings, for instance, bring a more cozy feel to the kitchen table when produced in wood as opposed to plastic. Plus, you avoid bringing bioplastics near your food.
Carbide 3D Shapeoko—No list about CNC carving machines in 2019 could get away without mentioning Carbide 3D’s Shapeoko. This beast of a machine needs no introduction – it earned the status of Editor’s Choice CNC machine quite recently, after all. It’s the Prusa i3 of CNC milling machines.
Inventables X-Carve—The Inventables X-Carve provides quite a unique experience, despite looking like a Shapeoko copycat, at first. True, it’s got roughly the same capabilities and performance as its Carbide 3D lookalike, but the way this machine differentiates itself is with its ecosystem.
New Wave Automation CNC Piranha FX–If you don’t need to cut very large objects, here’s a sturdy, compact CNC carving machine for you. Although its construction isn’t as beefy as something like the Carbide 3D Shapeoko, the CNC Piranha FX from Next Wave Automationis reportedly quite stable. This is likely due to its smaller cutting area relative to all the previous machines mentioned. You could get the XL version for a slight upgrade in real estate, but it’s still smaller than most of the other machines on this list.
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