Carbide Create - Simplified 2D CAD/CAM

Everything you need to get started with CNC

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 to give our customers the quickest path from idea to part.

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

Best of all, it’s included free with all of our machines.


Carbide Create is 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.


Carbide Create comes with the most common types of 2.5D toolpath types:

  • Pockets
  • Inside Profiles
  • Outside Profiles
  • Engraving


Simulation mode turns your 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 a classic chip carving look to letters and other shapes in your designs using a V-shaped cutting bit.

The results of v-carving are impressive, it’s a great way to give any of your designs a 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.