X-Carve 1000mm CNC Router

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X-Carve 1000mm CNC Router

MakerFX has an X-Carve 1000mm CNC Router. The X-Carve uses cutting bits to carve wood, plastics, thin aluminum and more. MakerFX membership provides training and use of the cnc router for prototyping and creative projects. We use VCarve software to design projects.

Vectric’s VCarve Pro is a very powerful, but exceptionally easy to use software solution for people wanting to design and machine parts for a wide variety of CNC machines. MakerFX provides the V-Carve Pro Makerspace Edition software for member use. Downloading and installing instructions for V-Carve Makerspace Edition

This CNC Router is equipped with a Super PID Router Speed Controller, a Planet CNC Controller. The spindle is a DeWalt 611 trim router rated at 1-1/4HP (7.0 Amps) with a no load speed of 16,000-27,000rpm. A properly tuned and calibrated machine should get to a resolution of ~0.075mm to 0.13mm.

General Policies for the X-Carve 1000mm CNC Router

Minors can only operate the X-Carve 1000mm CNC Router under MakerFX member adult supervision.


Open VCarve

  • Open Model (*.xxx)

Select Tool

  • Existing Tool: Select tool
  • New Tool:

1. Measure Tool

Save Toolpath

  • EMC2 Arcs(inch} (*.ngc)

Load Material

  • Use carpet tape (or other 2x-sided tape)

Load Tool

  • Unscrew Spindle
  • Load Tool
  • Lock Spindle
  • Hand tighten
  • Spindle Tool tighten
  • Put spindle tool away


  • Turn Spindle Off
  • Apply Safety Glasses
  • Turn Machine On
  • Hold down |Shift| to run as Admin
  • Open Joy-To-Key
  • Open CNC USB Controller
  • File->Import GCode

Zero Tool

  • Jog Tool to your material origin
  • Z down almost to material
  • Using paper, step down until paper hard to move
  • ->Machine->Offset->Current XY
  • ->Machine->Offset->Current Z
  • ->Machine->Zero XY
  • ->Machine->Zero Z

Final Check

  • Apply Safety Glasses
  • Install Dust Collection
  • Turn Dust Collector On
  • Turn Spindle On
  • Press START
  • Monitor part w ESTOP & Pause
  • Override Feed Rate if going too slow

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