Carbide Motion

Carbide Motion is the machine control software used to operate your Nomad or Shapeoko CNC machine from Carbide3D.

Think of Carbide Motion as the dashboard for your CNC machine.

Carbide Motion is only available for the Nomad and Shapeoko CNC machines

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About Carbide Motion

Carbide Motion is a ground-up rethinking of how a machine controller should work. We’ve focused on just a few things:

  • Easy to get started
  • No loss of control for advanced users
  • High performance without needing a fully dedicated computer
  • Supports Mac and Windows computers



The jog feature found in Carbide Motion allows you to manually move your machine around. From the jog menu you can move to your job zero, and prepare your machine to run a job.

Rapid Coordinate System

When you design and produce the machine, and write the software to control them, the two can work together in a way not possible to those who rely on 3rd party vendors for support.

The Rapid Coordinate System built into Carbide Motion allows Carbide3D machines to move very quickly from the home position to 9 waypoints on the machine table. Carbide Motion detects which Carbide3D CNC machine is connected, and acts appropriately.

Work Offsets

The work coordinate system can be complicated and intimidating. With Carbide Motion, we took the liberty of managing the work coordinate system for you. Carbide Motion remembers your last offsets and gives you easy access to return to those positions, reliably and repeatably.


Not everyone needs and MDI, but if you’re interested or have a need to send you machine manual commands, the MDI has you covered.

Support for Windows and Mac

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

Works with Carbide Create

Carbide Create is the 2.5D CAD/CAM program from Carbide3D and is dsigned to work hand in hand with Carbide Motion.

Design your projects and create toolpaths with Carbide Create, then export the gcode and load it into Carbide Motion to turn your digital project into a virtual creation.

Click here for Carbide Create.

Carbide Motion also works with other free CNC software.