The Carvey isn’t the first desktop CNC mill to come out, as we’ve seen products like the Nomad 883, the Handibot, and the Othermill over the course of the last two years. Heck, we’ve even seen one dedicated to producing nothing but unmarked and untraceable AR-15 rifles. We have to say, however, this is exactly the kind of sleek-looking device we wouldn’t mind sitting next to our desk in the office.
Made by Inventables, it’s designed with the help of Scott Wilson and the team at MNML to ensure the machine is as good-looking as it is functional. And, man, does this thing look sweet. More importantly, it runs fully enclosed, so all the mess (sawdust and all that) stays inside the build area (you can just vacuum it off after the job), all while muting some of the carving noise enough that someone right next to it can talk on a phone without having to shout at the top of their lungs. And in case the enclosure is opened right in the middle of a build, all operations will immediately halt.
Aside from the stylish and self-contained design, Carvey’s other standout feature is the build area, which offers users a generous bed measuring 8 x 12 inches. It has a rigid frame that allows tolerances of up to .001 inch, with the ability to cut a maximum depth of 2.75 inches. Do note, it will come with clamps designed to work with materials only up to 0.75 inches thick, although they will sell additional clamps for varying material sizes up to 2.75 inches. Other features include industrial linear bearings on all three axes, a solid aluminum frame, and Inventables’ own Easel CNC software. If you want to use a different software, it supports everything that can work with standard G-code.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for Carvey. Pledges to reserve a unit is set at $1999.