Whether you’re a weekend maker, traditional craftsmen, or entirely new to working with a CNC router or engraver, Carveco® Maker provides you with all the tools you need to create high-quality 2D and 3D products, quickly and easily.
Turn your hobby into a business
Carveco Maker’s simple yet powerful design and make features guide you through the entire process, from conceptual sketch to finished design.
It’s the perfect introduction for woodworkers, sign-makers or makers looking to produce artistic, personalised products on their own CNC hardware.
Start with 2D designs
Carveco Maker lets you begin the design process from a variety of flexible starting points.
Our inbuilt vector drawing tools allow you to create clean vector designs from scratch, add text to personalise your work, or maybe import some artwork to combine with your initial design.
The impressive Bitmap-to-Vector tool allows you to automatically create vectors from imported bitmap images within a few clicks, supporting most common image formats including JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP.
Total Vector Control
From Vector Clipping, to effortless Offsets and Fillets – have total control over your vectors with powerful editing features.
Identify Problem Vectors
The Vector Doctor helps you identify any potential problems with your vector artwork before you try to machine it.
Automatically Generate Vectors
Automatically create machinable vectors from imported non-vector images with the Bitmap to Vector tool.
Make your designs 3D
Carveco Maker helps you move beyond 2D/2.5D work by letting you import 3rd party relief artwork and even full 3D files!
Easily position imported artwork where it best fits your design, then use the dynamic scaling tools to change the height, width and Z-scale of the artwork to suit. Full 3D models can be scaled, positioned, then embossed into relief models.
From bold, raised elements to a more subtle, embossed effect, you have full control over the final look of the design. Smooth away or preserve the fine detail of your imported models and choose how they interact with other 3D elements in your design.
We don’t impose limits on how many imported models you can use in a single design.
Relief From Greyscale
Carveco maker lets you create 3D relief models from imported Greyscale artwork.
Smooth Out Rough Relief Artwork
Run smoothing passes over low-quality relief artwork to remove imperfections.
Invert Relief Artwork
Easily invert relief models to produce Male and Female parts or simple molds.
Powerful & Flexible Machining Options
From simple profiling cuts to detailed 3D Relief machining, Carveco Maker’s inbuilt machining strategies enable you to go from design to finished piece quickly and easily.
Maker lets you increase the efficiency of your cuts through the use of multiple toolpaths in a single project. For example, let a large tool quickly rough-out material ready for your smaller tools to reveal the finer detail.
With mathematically optimized toolpaths, you’ll experience dramatically reduced cutting times that let you fit in more projects on your CNC!
Total Visibility On Toolpaths
Get detailed reports on all your generated toolpath settings and view accurate machining times.
Work With Multiple Toolpaths
Combine multiple toolpaths and strategies to make quick work of machining your projects.
Choose Your Machining Strategy
Create Profiles (Cut-outs), Area Clearance, Fluted, V-Bit, Bevel, Drilling, Inlay, Lazer and 3D Machine Relief toolpaths.
Machining Strategies Include:
Quickly cut-out your design using profile cuts. Add bridges (breakout tabs), control the depth of your cut with ramped lead moves and profile allowances.
Create recessed areas or pockets using Area Clearance, allowing you to remove large amounts of material quickly using multiple tools, including automatic 2D Rest Machining and ramping moves.
Fast, efficient toolpaths for V-carved designs are easy to create within Carveco® Maker. Preview your design within the simulation before machining, limit the tool depth and add a roughing tool to avoid tool wear on your expensive V-bits.
Also known as ‘Prismatic Lettering’, Maker’s Bevel Carving feature allows you create proud-standing letters or features on your design.
Machine 3D artwork with Spiral or Raster 3D machining strategies with the option to use a selected vector as a boundary.
Create perfectly inlaid parts with easily adjustable allowances (without needing to offset the vectors) and auto-calculated corner radius.
Fluting allows you to precisely control ramping moves for gradually deeper material cuts. Perfect for creating channels or cool material effects.
Carveco® Maker includes inbuilt support for drilling toolpaths with options for Peck drilling denser materials to avoid clogging up your bits.
Make allows you to create Laser toolpaths with adjustable controls for slices and angles.
Carveco Maker includes over 600+ 3D Relief models!
3D models included with Carveco Maker free to use in your projects!
Tool Database & Dedicated Post-Processors
All Carveco variants include an extensive and customisable CNC Tool Database that helps you keep track of your cutting tools and their associated parameters. Available in both metric (mm) and imperial (inch) measurements – the tools are safely set up for a number of different material choices and applications right out of the gate.
The Tool Database is completely editable, allowing you to customise the bits and settings to meet your exact tooling requirements. Control a variety of parameters including Stepover, Stepdown, Spindle Speed, Feed Rate and Plunge Rate. Save your favourite tools and even add your own custom form tools in to the database.
Simulate Your Cuts Before Machining
Carveco Maker lets you simulate your toolpaths before you commit time and materials on your CNC.
Choose to simulate each toolpath individually or simulate all your toolpaths for a look at the final design. With the dedicated playback controls, you can scrub through the toolpath for a closer look at specific tool moves, watch your cuts in real-time (1-to-1 speed) or jump to the completed simulation.
Whats more, you can preview your simulation in a wide range of realistic materials and save out your design as an interactive 3D PDF. A great pre-visualisation tool to send your clients and get a design signed-off before hitting the CNC.
Simulate A Wide Variety Of Materials
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CNC Project Examples
In this Carveco® Maker tutorial we will show you how Maker can automatically convert imported images to smooth vectors and take a detailed walkthrough the V-Bit Carving Toolpath.
V-bit Carve A Photo
Learn how to V-Carve photographs to create a visually stunning effect with very little effort. This tutorial will explain what to do and what not to do in order to get a great end result.
Designing a plaque
In this initial Carveco® Maker project, we guide you through the process of creating a basic plaque in preparation for machining.
Machining a plaque
In the second part of this Carveco® Maker project, learn how to machine the plaque created in part one. In the process, find out how to overcome potential machining issues and to save your work in a format compatible with your CNC machine.
Create Stacked Text
In this Carveco® Maker tutorial we’ll show you how to design and machine stacked text within Carveco Maker.
Create Inlaid Text
In this tutorial, we will take a look at using the Inlay Toolpath which will automate the process of editing and machining mating parts so they seamlessly fit together.
Adding & Machining Textures
Building on our previous ‘Stacked Text’ project, we take a look at adding and machining a texture on the bottom of the model pocket.
From 2D Design, Vectors & Bitmaps, Working with 3D Designs & Relief Models through to Generating Toolpaths & Machining – Carveco has created a brilliant video library covering everything you need to know to get up, running and making with Carveco Maker.
The Carveco Software Range
Carveco software is available in three variants, each crafted to provide you with the freedom and flexibility to design and manufacture a range of 2D and 3D products quickly and easily. So, whether you’re only just starting out with a router in your shed, or you’re an engineering-professional aiming to extend and diversify the range of decorative precision products offered to your clients, our software is your solution.
Quick to learn and easy-to-use, the powerful design and manufacturing features within Carveco Maker will power-up your CNC. Great for small businesses or home-hobbyists looking to take their first step into making fantastic personalised products.
Carveco Maker PLUS
Building on the feature-set of Carveco Maker; Carveco Maker Plus gives you additional production-oriented tools and introductory 3D design features, geared towards increasing the output, range and efficiency of your manufacturing business.