The Carvey is a 3D carving machine. It uses end mills to carve away material. This is a version of subtractive manufacturing meaning you end up with a 3D object by carving and cutting away from a solid original piece of material.
Carvey uses a very basic, easy to use, free program called Easel for the design and preparation of projects. You can create a profile with Inventables and create your designs at home, save them on your account, and use a computer in the makerspace hooked up to Carvey to cut out your design!
You can carve into materials to create stamps, signs, plaques, key holders, cutting boards, candle holders, and other decor items!
For help choosing the best bit for your project, refer to Inventables’ Carving Bits 101 video or Bit Chart. To request additional bits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the bits sold by Inventables require an Easel Pro subscription.
The library does not sell materials to use with the Carvey.
There is no cost to use the machine.
Some features and bits require an Easel Pro subscription, which the Library does not subscribe to.
Material must fit within the size of the work area:
**Note: Maximum cut depth is 0.87 inches.
Please cut any materials down before coming in to use Carvey.
Inventables suggests that only soft metal should be used with Carvey. The mill ends for such a small scale hobby machine aren’t strong enough to carve through most metals. Therefore, we will not be able to carve anything more than a soft aluminum or copper.
Common materials include:
*Cast acrylic is difficult to use and results will vary based on quality, settings, and size of the design. Recommended cut settings for acrylic: 100 in/min Feed Rate, 12 in/min Plunge Rate, and 0.01 in Depth per Pass. The machine will not carve extruded acrylic, like Plexiglass.
Elmhurst Public Library does not endorse nor profit from these links. These are suggestions of where you can purchase items to use in the Makery but are by no means an exhaustive list.
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