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Nov 2

Shapeoko 5 Pro Shipping Information

The initial feedback on the new Shapeoko 5 Pro has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re excited to open up ordering so we can gather a little more information about what sizes are going to be most popular.

Here’s what we can tell you about the timing of the initial batch of Shapeoko 5 Pros:

Oct 31

Introducing Shapeoko 5 Pro

We’d like to announce the latest update to the Shapeoko product line, the Shapeoko 5 Pro.

The Shapeoko 5 Pro is a massive upgrade in capability and performance. It is meant to be the last CNC router you’ll buy, not a stepping stone to something better. It is the culmination of 11 years of experience and feedback from the community.

May 20

Dust Collection and Machine Disconnects

The data that we’ve been able to collect from users over the past few months has made something very clear, almost all machine disconnects we see today are caused by static electricity from the vacuum hoses. I’m sure that some will find that to be a controversial statement, but it’s based on the best data we have in working through problems that real customers are having.

Sep 2

Unexpected Z-Axis Plunges

Here’s a problem we’ve heard from some Shapeoko users:

“The Z-axis randomly plunges down at the start of the job and gouges into my stock. What’s up?”

We spoke to all of our support people to make sure we understood the problem and we can confidently say that this is a workflow problem, not a hardware or software problem.

Aug 31

Merging Script Fonts in Carbide Create V6

Script fonts are always popular for CNC designs. The difficult part of using a script font is that you usually want the letters in the text merged into a single object rather than a separate set of characters that are next to each other, but not combined.

We’ll use Carbide Create V6, which includes new tools to make this easier.

Aug 16

Introducing Shapeoko HDM

Today we’re opening preorders on our newest CNC router, the Shapeoko HDM, our most capable machine and a machine with a long R&D history at Carbide 3D.

Aug 10

About the Hybrid Table

The Hybrid Table is our new combination machine base and workholding system used in the Shapeoko 4 and Shapeoko Pro. It’s a big enough deal that we thought it warranted its own page here and a more thorough explanation.

Jul 23

Carbide Create V6

Today we’re posting the first beta of Carbide Create V6. We have big plans for V6 but we needed to start with all of the changes that are likely to break compatibility or changes that are most likely to modify the user interface compared to V5. Here’s what we’ve got so far :

May 27

Carbide Create 527

We just uploaded build 527 of Carbide Create and it contains a lot of changes from the last stable release (520).

We already covered the addition of layers in 521 a blog post about it so we’ll just go over the big changes since then:

May 19

Shapeoko Pro Update, May 2021

UPDATE: 5/21 - The rails have arrived and final assembly of Shapeoko Pros is happening right now. We’re planning to put Shapeoko Pros in stock on Tuesday morning at 7am PDT.

Original Post…

To say that we’re shocked at how hard it is to get parts for the Shapeoko Pro is an understatement. I don’t think we could make up this series of events if we tried.

A little history…

Mar 19

Shapeoko 4

Like most of our product development, this is not something we planned to do, it just kind of happened… again. We saw the completed Shapeoko Pro and we fell in love. We couldn’t unsee it. We wanted more. So we did the only logical thing we could do, we made the Shapeoko 4.

Jan 8

Shapeoko Pro Shipping

[UPDATES BELOW] We’re getting a lot of email and calls about the status of the Shapeoko Pro. If there are that many people reaching out, then we can only imagine that there are many more who want to know, but haven’t gotten in touch.

Nov 11

Shapeoko Pro Shipping Update

We’re getting pretty close to Nov. 15, which is the date that we expected to ship both the new Nomad 3 and the Shapeoko Pro.

The good news is that Nomads started shipping out this week and the team is rapidly knocking out the backlog. Hopefully we’ll be able to reevaluate the 30-day lead time for new orders next week.

Now, about the Shapeoko Pro…

May 29

New Product: BitRunner

This doesn’t happen very often. We’ve made a new accessory for the Shapeoko and we’ve decided to discontinue it.

Apr 22

Helping Detroit

Today we’re happy to announced that we’re partnered with Mercury One to raise money for the people of Detroit. We’ll be matching donations dollar for dollar today, up to $25,000.

Apr 13

Nomad in 2020

Many of you have noticed that the Nomad has been out of stock for a while now and have called or emailed to see what’s going on. So, here’s the deal with the Nomad.

Mar 23

COVID19 Status at Carbide 3D

We’re wanted to give everyone an update about Carbide 3D during COVID-19.

Shipping - We continue to ship daily, Monday - Friday. Depending on when your order is received and when USP/Fedex picks up, your order should ship within 24-48 hours.

Support - Our support team is now fully remote and at full strength. If you need any help, feel free to reach out and we’ll be here to help.

Phones - Phones are being picked up remotely by our support team. If you’d like to schedule a time to chat via video, just let us know.

We’ll update this post if anything changes.

As always, we thank you for supporting Carbide 3D.

Jul 9

Carbide Create 413 Released

After a few weeks of testing the latest builds of Carbide Create, we’re finally ready to move 413, our latest release, from “Beta” to “Stable”.

Jun 10

Luke from Beaver CNC Joins Carbide 3D

I’m Luke, formally known as Mr Beaver, and this is a surreal moment. I’m stoked to be writing my first blog post announcing that I have joined the ranks of the Carbide 3D team!

Jun 5

2019 Pricing Changes

This is a tough post to write. In fact, we’ve been putting off writing this post for quite a while; putting it off for longer than we should have to be honest.

Jul 20

Carbide Create 316

We just added a another new couple of features to the beta version of Carbide Create 316, toolpath grouping, and undo for toolpath deletion.

Jul 17

Carbide Create 315

We just added a couple of new features to the beta version of Carbide Create 315, toolpath rendering and dragging and dropping of toolpaths.

May 17

Bay Area Maker Faire 2018

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.

Come meet us at the Swinging Door at 7:30 - 9:00 on Saturday, May 19th. We’ll be there, buying drinks, with Matter Hackers, Ultimaker, and Peopoly. (It is a bar so it’s age 21 and up)

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.

May 11

CutRocket - A CNC Project Sharing Site

cutrocket landing page

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!

Nov 21

Carbide Create Build 310

We just uploaded a new version of Carbide Create, build 310, with a feature we’ve been planning for a while Texture Toolpaths.

Aug 25

Carbide Create 306

Two quick Carbide Create updates for the weekend:

  • (FIX) Edit nodes now works for rotated curves / polylines
  • (FIX) Changed #201 and #202 tools to 3 flutes instead of 2

Grabe the latest here

Aug 2

Carbide Create 303

We just uploaded a new Carbide Create, build 303, that contains mostly bug fixes based on user feedback.

Jun 23

Summer Job

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.

Apr 13

Introducing Carbide Copper

A lot of our customers are engineers, and their overwhelming feedback has been that they want to make PCBs on the Nomad. This was always possible but we didn’t have a recommended workflow or the tooling to support it.

We’ve fixed that now.

Mar 16

Make What You Need

I went from idea to finished part in about 30 minutes when I made a desk stand for my 7” iPad Pro.

tablet stand on desk

Feb 28

Carbide Motion 4 and GRBL 1.1 Update

We’ve had Carbide Motion 4 and GRBL 1.1 out for about two weeks now and the feedback has been positive enough that we’re recommending it for everyone except those running their machine 24/7 for production.

Feb 23

Carbide Motion 4 Beta

We been tsting GRBL 1.1 and Carbide Motion 4 with a number of people in the forum for the last week and we’re feeling good enough about it to open the beta up to a larger group. If you’re interested in checking out the latest software/firmware, read on.

Jan 9

State of Carbide 3D 2017

It’s time for our somewhat-annual State of Carbide 3D. We’re a small company but at the core we’re product development people so we always have a lot going on. Here’s what we can share:

Dec 2

DeWalt vs Makita

We get a lot of questions about what router to use with the Shapeoko, the DeWalt DWP611 or the Makita RT0701C. We’ve been meaning to do a deatiled writeup for a while but it looks like we can cross it off the todo list.

Nov 29

Carbide Create 289

We just uploaded build 289 of Carbide Create with some bug fixes:

  • Rotations for polygons were not loaded/saved
  • Zero marker position was not updated when a file was loaded
  • Better DXF compatibility for some Solidworks DXF files

Check it out and let us know what you think. (Your existing install should see the update available)

Nov 3

Carbide Motion 366

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:

  • Boosted priority of main thread when program starts
  • Eliminated timeout for GRBL to reply to status requests
  • Extended timeout for initial GRBL reply

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.

Oct 20

GRBL 1.1 Update

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.

Sep 7

Feed and Speeds Part 2

This is a guest post by Bob Warfield, founder of the popular CNCCookbook blog and author of G-Wizard, the leading feeds and speeds calculator.

cnc cookbook banner

In this second part of the multi-part series of guest posts, I want to walk you through the basics of feeds and speeds.

Aug 18

Carbide Motion 364 and Probing

We just uploaded a new build of Carbide Motion, 364. It includes:

  • G10 is enabled for running programs, not just the MDI
  • Fixes for a couple of bugs in incremental movement (G91)

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:

Aug 16

Carbide Motion 363

We just uploaded a new Carbide Motion, build 363. This build fixes the weird jogging that could occur in 362 after setting the zero position.

Thanks to everyone who reported the problem.

Aug 10

Carbide Motion 362

We just uploaded Carbide Motion Build 362. It includes a handful of great updates, and shows where we’re going next.

Aug 4

Feed and Speeds Part 1

This is a guest post by Bob Warfield, founder of the popular CNCCookbook blog and author of G-Wizard, the leading feeds and speeds calculator.

cnc cookbook banner

In this multi-part series of guest posts, I want to walk you through the basics of feeds and speeds.

Aug 2

Carbide Motion 361

We just uploaded Carbide Motion 361 with the following changes:

  • Ensure spindle is off before tool probing
  • Ensure spindle is off before too change (Weird edge case where this could have happened before)
  • Added an explicit “View Gcode” button on info pane. This lets you view gcode from Carbide Create
  • Fixed jerky jogging from 360
  • Show machine coordinates during program running
  • Eliminated “Continue with homing” button for tool changes. This behavior had become redundant in the past few releases
  • Added line number reporting while job is running
  • Fixed bug where machine may not home before running a job
Aug 1

New Warranties

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.)

Jul 28

Big Carbide Create Update

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)

Jan 20

The Disconnect Problem

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.

Jan 18

Carbide Create - Now with V-Carving

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.

Jan 4

2015 Wrapup

2015 was a big year for everyone here at Carbide 3D so we wanted to take a little time to fill everyone in on what’s been going on.

Oct 10

Nomad Wins "Best Desktop CNC"

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, new 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 here

Sep 29

Sept 2015 Update

Today’s a big day at Carbide 3D- we finally get to announce some of the things that we’ve been working on for the past few months.

Jun 16

July 2015 Update

It’s been a few months since our last update so we figured it was about time to let everyone here know what we’re spending our days doing.

Feb 23

Our Future with GRBL (and a new product)

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.

Jan 22

Nomad in Action #1

We’ve gotten more Youtube videos featuring the Nomad than we ever expected. We love watching them to find out what users are doing with their machines but this one blew us away.

Jan 9

How to buy a Haas

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 thought so we decided to document it here to help others.

Dec 9

Welcome Edward to the Team


UPDATE:  Bob at CNCCookbook.com has posted more information about The Big News at https://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.