Craftsman CompuCarve brings 3D printing to the home garage

by James


Tools. How many times have you wanted to create a small part out of wood or plastic (or even carved your son’s Pinewood Derby car) and just couldn’t get it right because you didn’t have the right tools? Naturally, here comes Craftsman to the rescue with the Craftsman CompuCarve that allows for 3D printing of soft woods and plastics. (Insert Tim Allen pig snort here).

The desktop sized computer-controlled, 3-dimensional woodworking machine works on it’s own through a simple easy-to-use interface and car reader – no PC connection required, so sawdust doesn’t brick your HAL 9000. The CompuCarve 3D design software is either MAC or PC compatible and can be used to fashion the protoptype design. Users then save the design onto the CarveWright memory card which plugs directly into the CompuCarve which uses carbit tipped bits to router out the image into a 3D wood, foam, or plastic form. A vaccum bag sucks up the sawdust.

The CompuCarve can perform most standard woodworking functions including ripping, cross cutting, mitering, contouring, jointing and routing. For aroud $1800, weekend garage/computer warriors get the CompuCarve machine, (1) 1/16 in. carbide carving bit, (1) 1/8 in. carbide cutting bit, CarveWright Memory Card, starter software package, (2) 1/4 in. bit adaptors, vacuum bag adaptor, bit removal tool, hex wrench, owner’s manual and Quick Start Guide.

Hat Tip: DVice

5 reviews or comments

Neagle Says: February 23, 2008 at 2:20 am

I would really like to see this in operation.

former sears sup Says: March 8, 2008 at 11:57 pm

do not, and i repeat do not but the Craftsman Compucarve. the first ones to be bought were returned due to motherboard glitches; followed with power supply and sensor failures. while it is a wonderful thing to have, (and i have seen and operated one) craftsman just built a $1900 paperweight. craftsman really dropped the ball on this product and just needs to stay to what they do best, building great handtools at a fair price.

Stephen Says: March 20, 2008 at 11:58 am

If you want to see the machine in action take a look at the product video demonstration.

Steve Says: September 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I heard that Sears is getting a new shipment of Compucarves sometime in November. These are supposed to be manufactured much better with many of the original problems solved, but I also heard that the number is limited. CarveWright has over 5000 patterns for it now on their site and the service is much improved.

It’s amazing what people are making with the CarveWright and selling on EBay and at malls, fairs, crafts shows, etc. In addition to signs, boxes and decorative wall hangings, people are making top quality desk sets, muscial instruments and more. For less than $2000 you can have a machine that can truly make you money. Check it out at

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