The Nomad 883

A fully integrated, ready-to-run CNC mill that's at home in any environment

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Make High-Quality Parts...

Even if you're not a machinist

CNC machines are capable of making beautiful parts – if you know how to use them.

The Nomad 883 is not just another CNC milling machine – we designed it to make machining something that normal people can do. All of the complexity of traditional CNC machines is handled in the background.

This is only possible because of a highly integrated hardware and software, something that isn’t possible if you have to go find your own software to run the machine. (Other companies make you do this!)

The Nomad 883 includes all of the hardware and software you need to take your 3D file and make a part. We’ve taken the uncertainty and frustration out of the equation, just open the box and get started.

Make Accurate Parts Every Time

If there’s one thing that digital fabrication tools should be capable of, it’s repeatability and accuracy. The Nomad 883 is capable of positioning accuracy of .001” (that’s less than the thickness of a human hair). That means you can be sure that part number one will match part number 100 without any special work from you.

Contrast this to 3D printers that require you to tweak your CAD files to get parts to come out with the correct dimensions. Or even worse, deal with parts that curl up from the bed as the plastic cools and warps.

These are not problems you’ll face with The Nomad 883 – with CNC milling, the accuracy is built-in.

A Real Spindle for Real Work

Using hand tools, underpowered import spindle motors, or loud trim routers for a spindle never crossed our minds. The Nomad 883 uses our third-generation spindle driven by a high-power brushless DC motor. We didn’t stop there and use an off-the-shelf hobby-grade motor driver either – we designed our own driver from the ground up with closed-loop speed control.

What does that mean for you? The Nomad 883 has a powerful, durable, and quiet spindle that’s capable of cutting a variety of materials without being so loud that it drives you out of the room.

The spindle uses an ER-11 collet to give you the flexibility to use a range of cutters with no proprietary holders.

A Big machine in a Small Package

The Nomad 883’s small footprint means that even fully enclosed, it takes up about as much space as an inkjet printer or desktop 3D printer, but don’t let its size fool you. The Nomad 883’s 8″ x 8″ x 3″ machining area is larger than most 3D printers, and is about the same size as CNC machines that cost thousands more.

Nomad 883 with bamboo enclosure

A Complete Software Solution

The Nomad 883 comes with all the software you need to turn your 3D file into a 3D part. You’ll get Carbide Motion to control the machine and MeshCAM to tell the machine how to make your part.

If you have a favorite CAM program and work flow The Nomad 883 will work with it. Carbide Motion can read gcode from any CAM program so you’ll never be locked into proprietary software.

Both MeshCAM and Carbide Motion are cross-platform so you can run them on a Windows or Mac computer. Or both.

Who’s it For?

Is it for you? Ask us! There's nothing we enjoy more than talking about CNC machines. We'd love to talk to you about your application.

Quality and Craftsmanship

Cheap import mills are heavy, poorly documented, and hard to set up. CNC machines made with low-grade plastic or MDF can be flimsy and underpowered. In contrast, The Nomad 883 has a rock-solid all-aluminum frame.

Other CNC machines need recalibration and manual setup before you can make a part, but The Nomad 883 comes with a built-in tool-length probe to take care of that for you. Carbide Motion comes with a streamlined interface so the complexity of making 2D and 3D parts is handled under the hood.

And most importantly, The Nomad 883 comes ready-to-run, there’s nothing more you need to buy to start making parts from day one.

Clean Lines and a Clean Workspace

Import CNC machines trend more towards a utilitarian design, and CNC kits cut corners to save on cost. We wanted to raise the bar, and focused on an appealing design that doesn’t use MDF panels, PVC supports or laser-cut Acrylic parts.

The Nomad 883’s enclosure comes in finished bamboo that’s studio and office friendly, or durable HDPE that is perfect for manufacturing environments where a little extra elbow grease is needed.

More for Less...

The Nomad 883 is ready to go the first time you power it on, and comes with everything you need. In addition to MeshCAM and Carbide Motion, The Nomad 883 also ships with spare bits and plenty of stock for your first project. Setup is a breeze so you’ll be up and running in minutes instead of spending hours wiring motors and configuring settings. The Nomad 883 has an embedded motion controller, so all you need to begin making 3D parts is a Mac or Windows computer with a USB port.

If you don’t know where to get started or are looking for a few ideas, we’ve put together dozens of projects, tutorials and tips specifically tailored for your Nomad 883.

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We build our spindle completely from scratch and power it with a brushless DC motor. (It looks like a stepper motor but it’s not) The brushless motor provides great power and has no brushes to wear out. To make sure we have a long-lasting, sealed motor, we sourced high-quality Japanese bearings and sent them to our motor manufacturer. We didn’t want to take any chances.

A brushless motor requires a complicated drive system to get it to turn, it’s not like a regular motor that turns when you apply power. We designed a custom motor driver that monitors RPM to ensure that spindle doesn’t bog down in a heavy cut.

The spindle itself is an ER-11 unit that takes standard collets, we don’t lock you into proprietary systems. ER-11 collets are available for cutters up to .25″ in diameter.

Last, but far from least, our runout is < .001, measured in the ER-11 taper.

Just a bit of trivia for you, the big chunk of aluminum on the left starts as a sold block and is machined in a single setup to ensure perfect alignment. It costs more to do it this way but we’ve never put a frame together and found out that things don’t line up.

Dust Control

The enclosure does a great job keeping dust out of the room but it is not sealed. We have found that dust generally piles up around the stock on the table and that almost no chips escape to the surrounding area.

A small shopvac does a great job of cleanup when the job is done and the part is ready to be removed.


The Nomad 883 comes with all the software you need to get running- Carbide Motion, the machine controller, and MeshCAM, the software that takes your design and figures out how to cut it.

We wrote Carbide Motion from scratch because we couldn’t find anything that gave the user experience we wanted. We’ve used a lot of the others, but we just didn’t want to inflict them on our users.

We’ve simplified Carbide Motion to provide only what you need, and nothing that you don’t.

MeshCAM was written by one of the Carbide co-founders and it’s been commercially available for 10 years. We modified it so that MeshCAM has full knowledge of what the Nomad is capable of. You don’t need to fill in 30 boxes to get a toolpath; we’ve reduced it to three pieces of information:

  • The tool you’re using
  • The material you’re cutting
  • What quality level you need

We’re confident that nobody can give you a better 3D toolpath with less effort.

Tool Length Probe

The Nomad includes a tool length probe to automatically determine the length of the tool, without any user interaction. Tool changes are a breeze and you can be sure that everything will line up perfectly when your job is done running.

If you’ve used any kind of CNC machine before, you know tool measurement is a major hassle. The Nomad and Carbide Motion make it automatic.

Our testing had shown the tool probe to be accurate to approximately .001″

Made in California

We’ve already mentioned this but it’s worth repeating. We make everything we can here in the US, most of it right here in Southern California. When you buy a Carbide product, you’re helping pay local workers to make a quality product they can be proud of.

By keeping manufacturing local, we have a personal relationship with every vendor and we’re able to control quality better than we ever could if they were on the other side of the globe

Made by Makers

We have spent our careers in product design and manufacturing. We’ve been on the hook to turn around prototypes and concept models in record time; we know what it takes to get that done. We designed the Nomad 883 to be the machine that we wanted years ago during those late nights and long weekends. We know that you don’t want to spend weeks learning a new tool. We know you just want to get your parts made quickly.

The Nomad 883 was designed to help you complete your project now, not to become it’s own project.

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