What materials can I carve?
Your X-Carve Pro can carve plywood, hardwoods, softwoods, and MDF. It can carve plastics, including HDPE, Delrin®️, polycarbonate, acrylic, and Corian®️.* It can also carve Non-ferrous metals, including aluminum, brass, copper, etc. For optimal results in aluminum and non-ferrous metals, lubrication and tools specifically designed for metals are required.
*In order to achieve optimal results when carving, proper cut settings and chip removal are required. Inventables continues to test and refine cut settings for materials and will provide updated recommendations in Easel when available.
Can I carve metal with it?
You can carve aluminum and other non-ferrous metals. For optimal results in aluminum and non-ferrous metals, lubrication and tools specifically designed for metals are required.
How is the spindle cooled?
The spindle is air-cooled for easy setup and use.
Can I attach a laser?
We do not have any plans down the line to support anything besides a router head for X-Carve Pro. This is for both safety reasons and our inability to offer quality software for these applications. There are some people making these modifications to their machines but they are considered unsupported upgrades, are not covered by and will likely void the 1-year limited warranty that comes with X-Carve Pro.
Is there an expander kit to turn my X-Carve to X-Carve Pro?
The X-Carve and X-Carve Pro are two very different CNC machines. The X-Carve uses a router and belt drive system, while the X-Carve Pro has an included spindle and uses ball screws and linear guides. While it’s not possible to expand your X-Carve to an X-Carve Pro, many customers are looking forward to running both machines out of their shop.
Is there an expander kit to turn my 4x2 to 4x4?
We currently do not offer an expander kit to turn your 4x2 into a 4x4.
Can I use my own spindle?
We do not recommend or support the use of your own spindle. The included 2hp (1.5Kw) spindle arrives ready to work with pre-programmed VFD (variable frequency drive).
What is the maximum size material that can be carved (length, width, thickness)?
The maximum size material that can be carved is infinite feet long, 4ft wide, and 4 inches thick.
What is the weight of the X-Carve Pro?
Approximately 300lbs for the 4x4 and approximately 275lbs for the 4x2.
What is the footprint of the X-Carve Pro?
The footprint for the 4x4 model is 65.75in x 55.75in x 25in and the footprint for the 4x2 model is 65.75in x 31.6in x 25in.
Where can I find the safety manual?
The safety manual is linked at the bottom of the xcarvepro.inventables.com webpage, and also here (click to download).