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Carvey

About Carvey

WHAT EQUIPMENT?

  • Hardware: Carvey
  • Software: Easel 

WHAT IS IT?

  • Carvey is fully-enclosed carving machine which makes 3D carving clean, quiet, and safe.
  • Easel is web-based software for preparing the files for carving.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT?

  • You can find inspiration on the webpage.
  • Carvey can mill a number of different materials including woods, plastics, and some non-ferrous metals if the proper procedures are observed.
  • Every material cuts a bit differently and will require a different feed rate and depth per pass to be cut successfully.
  • Easel has some presets for commonly used materials that are an excellent place to start. Note that these presets are mainly designed for 1/8” and 1/16” bits. If you are using larger or smaller bits, you may have to slow the feed rates a bit to ensure proper carving performance.

WHO CAN USE IT?

  • Priority is for UofC students, faculty, and staff, but non-affiliates may also use the equipment, subject to availability.
  • Soon, users will be able to take an online training and attend an in-person orientation session to get certified to use the machine themselves. In the meantime, users can drop by the LabNEXT during our open hours to have a staff member assist with your project. 

WHAT DOES IT COST?

  • 6"x6" Two - Colour HDPE - $5
  • Any other materials brought for carving are subject to the approval of Makerspace staff.

MACHINES TECHNICAL SPECs

Work Envelope

  • Carvey has a carving area of 11.6” x 8” (approximately 30cm x 20cm) in the X and Y axes respectively.
  • Material height + depth of cut can not exceed 2.50".
  • The tool clearance will vary based on the milling bit used, though the maximum clearance of the Z-axis without a bit is 90mm (~3.5") with a travel of 80mm (~3.1").
  • As long as you stay within the rule of 65 mm = material thickness + bit length, you can carve successfully. 

File type

  • The software for carving: http://easel.inventables.com/carvey/
  • You can design a project from scratch using tools and interactive apps, like our pen tool, inlay generator, or box maker in the easel software.
  • Also you can import an existing sketch, image, or design file. File type is SVG.

What kind of spindle does Carvey use?

  • 300W DC spindle with RPM 3000 - 12,000 ER-11 precision collet for bits with a 1/8" shank. The collet can be swapped out to accommodate bits with 3/16" or 1/4" shanks.

What size milling bits can I use with Carvey? 

  • The collet options on the Carvey spindle allow for many sizes including 3/16”, 1/8” and 14” size milling bits.

Acceptable Materials List

  • Carvey can mill a number of different materials including woods, plastics, and some non-ferrous metals if the proper procedures are observed.
  • Every material cuts a bit differently and will require a different feed rate and depth per pass to be cut successfully.
  • Easel has some presets for commonly used materials that are an excellent place to start. Note that these presets are mainly designed for 1/8” and 1/16” bits. If you are using larger or smaller bits, you may have to slow the feed rates a bit to ensure proper carving performance.
  • Materials officially approved for use in Carvey should not exceed dimensions of: Width (X-axis): 12 inches (30 cm), Depth (Y-axis): 8 inches (20 cm), Height (Z-axis): 2.75 inches (7 cm) and are as follows:
    • ABS
    • Acrylic
    • HDPE
    • Hard and Soft woods of any natural wood species
    • Aluminum*
    • Corian
    • FR1 Machinable Circuit Board Blanks
    • Delrin
    • Expanded PVC
    • Machinable Foam
    • Machinable Wax
    • *Safe limits for Aluminum are as follows: 5”/min feed rate, 2.5”/min plunge rate, 0.003”/pass with minimum 0.0625” milling bit.

Useful links:

MOSAIC CHALLENGE! 

HOW TO MAKE A STAMP

HOW TO MAKE A LANTERN

 

How to Use Carvey

  • Choose your material and get the approval from makerspace staff.
  • Register for a free Easel Account.

 

  • Prepare your design and file for cutting.
  • Create a new project window
  • Import your file or design your own in the workspace window:

  • Measure the material and enter dimensions: (X-Height, Y-Width, and Z-Depth)
  • Select Carving tool:

  • Select your material from the list:

  • Clamping Materials
    • Your Carvey comes with clamping hardware to secure materials to the waste board for cutting.
    • The Smart Clamp is the main L-shaped clamp located at the lower-left corner of the carving table and is secured by two hand-tightened bolts of the same length.
    • This clamp has a sensor which allows your Carvey to automatically zero your Z-axis to the top of whatever material you are using.

If you do not use the Smart Clamp, you risk damage to the machine!

  • Ensure smart clamp sits on top of carving material.

 

  • You must use the silver leveling object, no matter the height. Ensure that the clamps are positioned flat, relative to the carve surface.

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  • Simulate your design
    • It will estimate the carving time.
    • Check tool paths on the simulation and verify none of the clamps will be in the way while carving.
  • Start cutting
    • When you click Carve, easel will guide you through a series of steps to ensure that you have set up your job correctly.
    • Please follow these steps carefully & correct as necessary.

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