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.




Turn Your Desktop Into a Workshop

The Nomad 883’s small footprint makes it perfect for a home-office or studio, and it’s also a capable CNC machine for any workshop.

We fully enclosed it for sound suppression and dust control, and because we wanted a stable, smooth-running machine, added vibration dampening plastic in key areas.

You can sit at your computer while the machine is working in the background and you’ll hardly know it’s there. (Don’t try this with a traditional loud and dirty CNC machine)




Use Multiple Materials (Unlike a 3D printer)

3D printers are great machines, in fact we have two in our shop, but they have limitations when it comes to making products you can actually sell, and give you a narrow choice of materials (mostly ABS and PLA) that are not well-suited for volume manufacturing. CNC Machines are much more flexible. Here’s a small sampling of the type of materials The Nomad can work with:

  • Plastics – ABS, acrylic, Delrin/acetyl, polycarbonate, HDPE/LDPE
  • Wood
  • Brass
  • Aluminum
  • Tooling Board / Renshape
  • Machinist Wax




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 better than .001” (that’s 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 Dremels, 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.



Big Machine in a Small Package

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.







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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?

  • Jewelers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Industrial Designers
  • Woodworkers
  • Crafters
  • Hobbyists
  • Manufacturers of customized products
  • Educators







Quality and Craftsmanship

Cheap import mills are heavy, poorly documented, and hard to set up.  CNC machines made with low-grade plastic 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 also uses the probe to detect our custom fixtures, 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 utilitarian, and CNC kits shave off a few 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.




The Nomad Comes with Everything You Need

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.




Made in America

We take great pride in the fact that our machines are designed, machined, engineered, and assembled at our shop in Southern California.

Here For The Long Haul

The Nomad 883 is the end-result of the many years we spent in product development, and we are fully committed to making Carbide 3D a sustainable company that will last for years to come.

Learn more about the Carbide 3D team.


Machine Specs
Travel 8 inch(X) 8 inch(Y) 3 inch(Z)
Speed 100in/min(X) 100 in/min(Y) 50 in/min(Z)
Mechanical Resolution .001(X) .001(Y) .0001(Z)
Table Size 8.5 inch(X) 8.5 inch(Y)
Spindle Motor Brushless DC with closed-loop speed control 50 Watt Max
Spindle Speed 2000 – 12000 rpm
Spindle Collet ER-11
Computer Interface USB
Power Supply 240 Watt 110V
Required Power 2 amp max
Dimensions 19 x 17 x 16 inch
Weight 50 lb
Included Items USB cable, AC Power Cable, 1/8 inch ER-11 Collet, Collet wrench, Collet Nut, 2 x 1/8 inch end mill, 2 x 1/8 inch ball mill, Tool length probe, Starter Stock
Included Software MeshCAM , Machine Controller
Computer Requirements
Operating System Windows XP,Vista,7,8,8.1 or OSX 10.7 or higher
Memory 2GB memory