In the new age of 3-D printing, the team at Chicago’s Inventables have created an innovative, semi-portable, and somewhat affordable Carvey 3D Carving Machine that can fit on any table and whittle away at wood, metal, and plastic.
Yes, it is on Kickstarter and yes the name is Carvey.
This device is pure genius, though little thought must have been left to the actual naming of this Inventable from Inventables.
For graphic designers making custom figurines, statues, signs, and other works of art with 3D printers, the addition of a Carvey could allow them to build innumerable visions and backdrops.
To have this good of a tool for a price that is not cheap but not unattainable for professionals (a $1,999 pledge gets you an early bird Carvey) is truly revolutionary for artists and woodworkers in any field where this can be applied.
And it is small! Any workspace can now spit out intricately detailed works.
Using Easel, free design software [that comes with the machine], you design in 2D and view in 3D, instantly. What you see on the screen is what you get from the machine.
The Carvey’s software runs an entire preview mock-up to show exactly what your carved work will look like in any of a number of different materials; it is automatically selecting the right bit size and feed rate to properly handle each aspect of your tight design.
Carvey works with hardwoods, softwoods, cork, plywoods and MDF, soft metals (and it can engrave on them), circuit boards, plastics, including acrylic, HDPE, Delrin, Corian and PVC, waxes and foams, linoleum and many other stamping materials.
Even computer builders and tinkerers can find ways to engineer their own custom circuit boards for those mega-robots and Skynet database systems they are constructing in the garage.
This Carvey will be funded, as its goal of $50K has been exceeded by over $600,000 already!