Top Features of Carbide Create

Combine the power of 2D sketching, with 3D simulation and see your designs come to life!

We wrote this software from scratch for our machines, we didn’t license it from another company.

Carbide Create is downloaded and run from your own machine, it’s not cloud software that can be insecure and unavailable.


Carbide Create not only creates toolpaths, it is also a full featured Design program. With features like curves, polylines, polygons, and node editing you can use the built in CAD functionality to design your next project.

If you’re already using a CAD program (Solidworks, Pro-E, Inventor, Autocad, and more) you can use the import feature to bring in a DXF or SVG file. Once the file is imported, create your toolpaths and run your job.


CAM is the process of describing how your design file should be cut. Carbide Create comes standard with the most common types of 2.5D toolpath types.

  • Pockets
  • Inside Profiles
  • Outside Profiles
  • Engrave


Simulation mode turns your 2D designs into fully interactive 3D models!

Before cutting your project out of a real material, take a look at the simulator and see exactly what the part will look like. You can identify potential errors before they happen and you can chose different materials to experiment without wasting your stock.


V-Carving is a technique that gives the classic chip carving look to fonts to other shapes in your designs by using a V shaped cutting bit.

Our v-carving feature simultaneously moves the XYZ axis to create the effect. The results of anything done with v-carving are impressive. It’s a great way to give any of your designs a really finished and polished look.

Tool Library

The tool library lets you manage your collection of end mills. You can add and edit your own tools and specification for the following types of cutters:

  • Square End Mills
  • Ball End Mills
  • V-Bit Cutters

Plus every cutter we stock in our store is predefined and ready to use.

Speeds and Feeds

One of the hardest parts for new CNC users is figuring out feeds and speeds. With Carbide Create, you can focus on your designs because we took care of speeds and feeds.

With our built-in feedrate calculator, you only need to select your material and cutting tool. The software will take care of the rest.

Support for Windows and Mac

We support both Windows and Mac for all of our software.

We think you should be able to use whatever computer you want, and we do everything we can to support them both equally.

Designed for our Machines

Carbide Create was written by us, the same team that designed the Nomad and Shapeoko 3 CNC machines. Because of that, our software and hardware go together like peanut butter and jelly.