We just posted our newest product, the Carbide Compact Router. This is something we’ve been working on for a while to eliminate the supply trouble we’ve had trying to get enough DeWalt and Makita routers to sell.Read more
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For the first time in the history of Carbide 3D, we will not have our own booth at Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend. Don’t worry though, you still have two ways to see our machines and talk to us.
If you can’t make it on Saturday, Matter hackers has invitied us to hang out at their booth at Maker Faire with a Nomad Pro. Stop by and say hi if you can.
One of the most common requests from Carbide 3D customers is a place to download CNC projects. And, although we have been sharing simple projects here and there on our docs site, we wanted to do better! So, a few months ago we started down the path of creating an entirely new site, dedicated exclusively to projects made for CNC! We call this site CutRocket.com
Unlike the docs site though, we wanted anyone to be able to share and post their CNC projects! So, after a few weeks of development, a handful of beta testers were invited, and the real work to make the site useful, reliable, and easy to navigate began. Since then, we have invited even more beta users and with their feedback and our priority list, we have managed to push dozens of new features to the site.
Right now, the site supports Carbide Create, Vectric, and Fusion 360 projects. This means that any project created in those programs can be uploaded and shared through CutRocket. There is no cost to using CutRocket and anyone who is using those software packages are welcome and encouraged to begin sharing and upload their projects!
As of Today, cutrocket.com has nearly 100 projects posted by over 200 members! We would like to open the site up to more users, and invite all of you to head over today, get signed up, upload your best CNC project, and give us some feedback on using the site.
We are really excited about cutrocket.com and can’t wait to hear what you think about it too!Read more
We do a lot of personal projects on our own machines. It gives us an enjoyable way to test new software, new cutters, and really explore and experience first hand the usability of the machines we design and sell. A few months back we started sharing these projects on the docs site under the tutorials tab. Some of the projects are end to end tutorials that go through each step of the process. Others are just overviews with the files available for download so you can effectively recreate the same project.
The project page is something we add to often, but starting today we’ll put up a new blog post each time we post a new project.
See the projects page: Click Here
If there is a specific project you’d like to see posted, let us know!Read more
We made a mistake with the release of Carbide Create 311 last week. The Windows build didn’t actually get updated, it was just 310 with a new build number.
To make things simple, we just incremented the build number and uploaded the correct versions of both the Windows and the OSX builds.
For OSX, 312 is the same as 311. For Windows, 312 now includes everything that should have been in 311.
Sorry for the confusion.Read more
We could use a little help for the summer here at Carbide 3D in Torrance, CA. We need someone who’s good with their hands to help assemble Nomad frames and other accessories.
If you know a high school or college student looking to earn some money this summer, have them send us an email.Read more
We just uploaded build 289 of Carbide Create with some bug fixes:
Check it out and let us know what you think. (Your existing install should see the update available)Read more
Yesterday we uploaded Carbide Motion 366 to fix reports of “Cutter Stopped Responding” messages. This should almost never happen “in real life” but it’s happening anyway. From what we can tell, it seems to be the operating system delaying some messages getting passsed around the program.
Build 366 has the following changes:
As we begin to finish up support for GRBL 1.1, we’ve stopped putting a lot of effort into this branch of Carbide Motion so this might be the last release of Carbide Motion V3.Read more
As many of you know, our machines are based on the fantastic GRBL machine controller, which is open source and available for everyone to play with and review. For the past couple of years, we’ve stayed with the same version because it was stable and because the newer releases didn’t add much that we needed.Read more
We just uploaded a new build of Carbide Motion, 364. It includes:
We can also share a litte more of our probing work lately: We’re making an active probe with a steel body and probing commands built in to Carbide Motion. Here’s what all of that means:Read more
We just uploaded Carbide Motion 361 with the following changes:
When we started shipping Nomads, we told customers that we had a 90 day warranty because that seemed to be industry standard for a machine like ours. For the Shapeoko, we never really stated that we had a warranty because we didn’t know how to deal with a warranty on a kit.
Internally, we never put any limitation on the warranty because we coundn’t imagine telling a customer, “Sorry but it’s been too long”. Instead we put an emphasis on trying to eliminate any problem that we could and we never charged anyone for a part.
Today, we feel confident enough to put a new warranty in place. The Nomad now has an 18-month warranty, which is the most generous in the industry. We’re also making it retroactive so that machines shipped in the last 18 months are all still under warranty.
For the Shapeoko, we’re adding a 90 day warranty. This gives news users plenty of time to get the machine up and running, and then run it hard for a while. We’ve got a competitor that sells extended warranties, and another competitor that explicitly states that they are unable to offer a warranty. To us, this is totaly upside down. We want our customers to know that we stand by our products and that we’re in this together.
We hope these new warranties demonstrate our commitment to quality and support. (And that we’re really confident in our machines.)Read more
For those who haven’t heard of it, the Cameo Silhouette is a computer controlled paper and vinyl cutter that seems to be mainly for the craft/scrapbooking market. This is not something I would expect to see mentioned in my circles, but I kept reading rave reviews about it. I had to try one.
So I ended up on a making cardstock bookmarks on a Saturday afternoon, just to see if it was “that good”. It is remarkably easy to use and after an hour we had a couple of new items on the Carbide Create todo list. (Now on the “done” list)Read more
For the past few years, we passed responsibility for customer support between different people in the company depending on who had time to dedicate to it. We’re a small team so this was a necessity if we wanted to ship all of the hardware and software that we do.Read more
We’ve been working with some of our customers to fix a problem on the Shapeoko 3 that has quickly gained a mythology that far surpasses its reality. We’ve tried to answer questions when they pop up in forums but we decided to post a more definitive statement here.Read more
2016 is off to a great start here at Carbide3D
In December, we ran a poll asking all of you for the number one feature you wanted to see in Carbide Create. The results were impressive, with lots of great suggestions. We almost immediately released the ability to import DXF and SVG files, and then began working on another request called v-carving.Read more
Make: magazine, leader of the Maker Movement and producer of the popular Maker Faire events, just released their “Ultimate Guide to Desktop Fabrication 2016.” Make: reviewed a wide variety of digital fabrication machines, from 3d printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters.
Carbide 3D had a machine place in each CNC category with Shapeoko 3 winning 2nd place in the “Best Mid-Size” category and 3rd in the “Best Large Format” category.
The Nomad was named “Best Desktop Mill”.
It’s a huge honor to win an award the first time we submit one of our machines to be reviewed. We couldn’t be more excited.
Here’s the best part of the win: it was the original Nomad 883 that won, not the new Nomad 883 Pro. The original Nomad 883 won without the new frame, the thicker rails, newer electronics, and without our new Carbide Create CAD/CAM software.
The new Nomad Pro machines are starting to ship in quantity now so it’s a great time to order a machine and get “The Best Desktop CNC”.
Read more about the Ultimate Guide to Desktop Fabrication hereRead more
We found GRBL, the motion control software that we use, a little over a year ago after other solutions failed to deliver the performance and reliability we needed. Since then, we've used it for both of our machines, the Nomad 883 and the Shapeoko 3, and it's safe to say that any Carbide machine in the foreseeable future will be based on GRBL.Read more
For those who have been following our progress over the past few months, it’s clear that we’ve been limited by the machine shops we rely on. We should probably just declare now that we’re control freaks- rather than find addition vendors, we decided to buy a machining center to make it possible to do more in-house.
This turned out to be more complicated than we initially though so we decided to document it here to help others.Read more
UPDATE: Bob at CNCCookbook.com has posted more information about The Big News at http://blog.cnccookbook.com/2014/12/09/breaking-news-shapeoko-carbide-3d-join-forces/
We can finally announce one of the things we've been working on for a while: Edward Ford, the guy who created the Shapeoko CNC router, is now a partner at Carbide 3D. We've been working on making this happen for months and we're thrilled to finally be able to tell everyone about it.Read more
We've been hard at work building machines so the blog section of the website has remained empty for too long. Luckily, Bob from CNCCookbook.com got in touch for a quick interview about our Kickstarter experiences and to find out how we're heading towards production. You can read it here: http://blog.cnccookbook.com/2014/08/29/update-carbide-llc-nomad-cnc-mill/
If you haven't been to CNCCookbook.com before, be sure to dig around on the site. Bob has put together one of the biggest online repositories of CNC information anywhere.Read more