The Carvey is a fully enclosed, desktop CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine. As a subtractive manufacturing tool, the Carvey takes solid blocks and carves away material to make an object. A set of motors move the cutting tool and work surface in three directions—side-to-side (the x axis), back-and-forth (the y axis), and up-and-down (the z axis)—to physically duplicate a digital design.
The Carvey uses a metal bit to carve, cut, and engrave material. This bit is similar to one found in a drill, but it is designed to cut while moving laterally, carving a path along the material, instead of plunging down to make holes. By making multiple passes, the bit can carve to varied depths, allowing the machine to do everything from very shallow engraving to complete cuts through a thick board.
Easel is a free, cloud-based program used to operate the Carvey. It allows you to create projects and interact with the machine. Designs can be drawn directly in Easel, imported as SVG files from other programs, or traced from raster images (JPGs, PNGs, or GIFs).
Easel also allows you to set the material and bit to be used for each design. The needs of your project—type of material, level of detail, and depth of cut—will determine which bits are most suited to the job. A fuller explanation of bit selection can be found below, and staff can also assist in making this determination.