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CarveWright CX - 3D CNC System

Large capacity, a compact size, an integral powered spindle, and simple, intuitive software make the CarveWright an excellent introduction to CNC.
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A CNC with both large capacity and a small footprint seems like an impossible dream, but the CarveWright CX makes that dream come true. Thanks to the CarveWright's unique conveyor belt system, the machine can accept workpieces up to 12 feet long, despite having a footprint the size of an ordinary planer. Instead of requiring a space-hogging bed and gantry to accommodate large workpieces, the CarveWright features a precision conveyor that moves the workpiece itself past the cutting spindle along the long axis. Unlike many CNCs, the spindle is also built into the machine, meaning you don't have to purchase a separate router. With the included easy-to-use drag-and-drop software, plus the automated setup features built into the CarveWright CX, you can easily create stunning carving projects in very little time. Optional add-on apps can enhance your capabilities, while the CarveWright Pattern Depot gives you access to over 7,000 patterns and projects to download. Just point, click and create.


  • Intelligent ServoSmart™ Advanced Motion Control system is up to four times faster than stepper CNCs
  • Revolutionary software makes designing simple. Drag, drop, and arrange your designs with ease
  • Included memory card stores your project files and plugs into the CarveWright so your computer can be be kept away from the sawdust—no need for a dedicated CNC computer
  • Software is compatible with both Windows and Mac
  • Machines soft and hard wood, plywood and MDF, heat-resistant plastics, and even foams
  • Patented feed through system retains a small footprint, but machines large projects—up to twelve feet long and fourteen and a half inches wide
  • Tiling Technique lets you splice multiple pieces together to create even larger projects
  • Five feedback sensors tell the machine the size and position of your workpiece for faster setups
  • Intelligent feedback maintains accurate positioning and reports problems instead of crashing or ruining the workpiece
  • The machine measures your workpiece, tells you what bit to put in, and locates all of its index points automatically
  • Pre-calculates backlash and compensates
  • Senses slips and auto-corrects
(1) CarveWright CX - 3D CNC System
(1) 1/16'' Solid Carbide Carving Bit
(1) Memory Card Programmer
(1) Memory Card
(1) CarveWright Project Designer Basic Software Package
(50) Sample Patterns
Rockler Protection Plan

With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more.

Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 12 months
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Brand CarveWright
Manufacturer Part Number CWD-CX-BASE
Weight 74.0000
Tech Spec
  • Maximum Workpiece Length: 12'L
  • Maximum Workpiece Height: 5-1/2''
  • Maximum Workpiece Width: 14-1/2''
  • Maximum Encoder Resolution: 0.00003''
  • Spindle Speed: Variable; 20,000 max RPM
  • Carving Speed: 6 ips
  • Jogging Speed: 9.3 ips
  • Chassis Material: Cast aluminum head and trucks
  • Body Material: Painted steel and ABS plastic
  • Conveyer Material: Heavy-duty rubberized PVC
  • Linear Bearings: Double row precision roller bearings
  • CarveTight™ Spindle Material: Single-piece hardened steel with high-speed phenolic cage bearings
  • Servo Motors: Mabuchi motors with 1296 encoder counts per revolution
  • Compatible File Types: PTN, MPC, MPW
  • Imports File Types: PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, XPM, MNG (apps available to input STL and DXF)
  • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows (XP+), Mac OS X (10.6+)
  • Storage Temperature: 32°–105° F
  • Operating Temperature: 50°–105° F
  • AC Input: 100V, 50–60 Hz
  • Assembled Product Dimensions: 23-1/2''W x 17''D x 15-1/2''H (not including flex-shaft; infeed/outfeed tables folded up)
2.8 / 5.0
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I’ve had my machine for almost a year now and have been using it to make many projects. So far I’m very happy with this machine. The software is very easy to use and makes designing my projects enjoyable. I like being able to cut any length of workpiece because a few times I needed to make a longer carving that would probably exceed the limits of a lot of other CNC machines. I’m looking forward to getting the rotary jig to have the ultimate versatility.
May 13, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
Response from Rockler
I'm glad you are enjoying your CNC. I recently purchased a CNC and now wonder how I ever lived without one.
May 16, 2020
Dave G
Best CNC I've ever used
After spending years with another CNC, I acquired a CarveWright. I was immediately impressed with how much easier it was to operate and how much more it could do. It makes real 3D cavings fast, not just v-carves and cutouts. Been using it for almost 2 years now and absolutely love it.
February 7, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
We run an online business specializing in Custom carved Anniversary / Wedding Plaques. We use the CarveWright System exclusively with excellent results. Would recommend this machine for anyone interested in learning CNC design and routing. The software is very user friendly and expandable as you go.
Rick M
Made with the CarveWright.
Made with the CarveWright.
December 8, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
This machine has impressed me it's open my imagination up to a different world
I would recommend this cnc router to anyone wanting to find new boundaries
Last Supper
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September 16, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I've got 4 of them
I'm up to 4 CarveWright machines now. My retirement hobby has turned into a full time job just about. This misses and I do the craft shows and we just simply wouldn't be doing it without CarveWright. I maintain my machines and i service them when they need it, but it's nothing I wouldn't expect from a piece of machinery. I've had nothing but great service from the company and I sure needed the help in the beginning. I will definitely purchase again.
February 22, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Great machine at a great price
This machine is great for woodworkers of all skill levels. It does require some maintenance as all machines do. If you take the time to learn the software and do the maintenance it is fantastic for a number of jobs.
October 3, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
A challenge to learn but great work
Sure this neophyte had a steep learning curve, but then a complex tool coupled with multi-option and design software was not expected to be a walk in the park. Entry level costs were ok, but the need for additional software became evident quickly, which boosted the costs for doing fine work other than just routine carve a name with border designs. There are so many options and methodologies that make it challenging and fun to work with. I’ve found support to be quite good and responsive. The one major issue I have had is the software locking up without warning and losing, in several cases, rather intricate layered work. Now, I save sequential editions just about every time I get a part done. Then delete the previous ones at the end of the design phase. Loading the board sequence at the start has some quirks but once it starts carving, just stand back and wait for the pauses for changing out the programmed bits. Oh yes...check on production values...there are several akin to draft, good, better and best for the degree of fine work.
August 31, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
First CNC, great capabilities that require patience
I purchased this for recreational use after much deliberation given the mixed reviews. After a few months and couple dozen carvings here's my two cents:
- The software, albeit proprietary, is very easy to use and works great on Mac (download, try and compare to others before buying)
- The ability to import any image has made for great, unique projects
- The machine can be temperamental as noted, so consider the following a must: patience to leverage online forums for solutions (yet to not find one), acknowledgement that this machine requires regular maintenance, consider a dust collection adaptor a must have. I received timely, quality customer service when I did need to reach out to CarveWright (unlike others, it sounds)
To sum up my experience so far - a fun entry-level priced addition to my workshop that I see lots of potential projects for in the future while committing to maintain it appropriately.
December 5, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
It takes patience
I have e Carvewrites An A and a CX. I almost sent the A back to be rebuilt and decided to buy a CX from Rockler.The A was perchased in 2000 and my computer skills and the machine were all challenged compared to what these are today. The machines are cheeper and with all the upgrades are actually the best value that they have ever been. UTube is a great asset to get these up and rolling.Ask bud on the software and machine fundamentals, and learn the forum and how to search in it and you should be able to achieve a fair amount of success. I am a 40 year plus Professional Woodworker so I can prep almost ideal blanks. I have a 16 inch jointer and 20 in planer. I can flatten and surface parallel, that helps that brass roller with the o ring work better.I am going to try to get the A machine going, It had an error that I just could not figure out at the time.
October 11, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
Finicky, Poor Support
The concept of this machine is great... small footprint but large capacity, and affordable compared to other CNCs. I've owned mine for about 6 months now and am quite disappointed. It's extremely finicky in that during the self-checks/board measuring process prior to carving it almost always seems to fail. I write detailed messages to Carvewright support and get one-sentence replies, if any reply at all. Only after piecing together four of five of these messages do the answers actually add up to something useful. This has happened multiple times. Knowing what I know now, I would not purchase this machine.
April 13, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I was looking for a machine <$2,000 with software that runs on a Mac and doesn't require a computer in the shop.
Richard D on Jan 13, 2020
Compared many brands & models and for the price this had the easiest use, best features and largest capacity plus my strong belief that if Rockler sells it, it's good!
Steve on May 10, 2018
I was looking for a machine <$2,000 with software that runs on a Mac and doesn't require a computer in the shop.
Richard D on Jan 13, 2020
good product
michelle h on Oct 27, 2019
Compared many brands & models and for the price this had the easiest use, best features and largest capacity plus my strong belief that if Rockler sells it, it's good!
Steve on May 10, 2018
The capabilities of what I intend to use it for are endless
Christine H on Jul 19, 2017
Seemed a good value for the features. I like the 12 foot workpiece capacity.
Kris S on Apr 25, 2017
Highly recommended by a long time user and the ability to handle longer wood planks.
Johnny on Oct 6, 2016
good product
michelle h on Oct 27, 2019
The capabilities of what I intend to use it for are endless
Christine H on Jul 19, 2017
What all can be done with just the basic machine without having to add any assesories?
Glenn H on Oct 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The basic machine and software is very versatile, and you can do a wide variety of projects with it. If you look on the Carvewright site in the Pattern Depot look for projects - not patterns - for projects that can be done with Basic Designer software. This will give you an idea. Many projects require only the 1/16" carving bit and the 1/18" cutting bit, basic machine, and Basic Designer software. I myself have designed and built wood gear clocks using only these bits and basic machine and software, which you can find in the Pattern Depot.

I highly recommend a dust hood however. Rockler has one available, there is one on the Carvewright site, or you can make your own. Fine dust is the enemy; a top-mounted dust collection hood will prevent many issues.
How is the reliability of the carvewright? I have read many mixed reviews from owners on Amazon dating back as far as 3 years ago. Is it worth the money or should I be looking at sharks or piranhas? I would appreciate some honest and blunt feedback. Thank you
Todd A on Oct 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I Have 2 CW Machines 1 is 8 years old over 400 hrs and I have had to put in 1 part at $14.00. 1 is 6years old about 300 hrs and have put in about $200.00 in parts. I love them.
I want to duplicate a cabinet door. It is 14" x 18", oak. It has a Roman Ogee pattern routed inside the frame and a flat panel in the center. The Roman Ogee is custom and I can't find a router bit to make it. Can the CarveWright copy my door?
David on Oct 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It can, but you would need the Scanning Probe accessory and accompanying Pattern Editor software to do this. Also, keep in mind that the standard carving bit has a 1/16" radius tip, so it cannot cut sharp corners, in case your Ogee has them. To set up such a project properly would require some experience with the machine, software, and Scanning Probe. I wouldn't recommend it as a first project without getting some experienced help.
Can a carvewright engrave metal?
John1 on Sep 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not really. It's meant more for wood, hard plastics, foams, and machinable waxes. I've heard of people trying it on the forums, but have never seen any results. The machine is very enclosed and the electronics aren't really shielded for metal shavings, so I suspect it could cut some metals, but it would most likely cause damage to the machine.
Is it possible to split up ,in the software, to create a wider project than 14" . Then by gluing up matching segmented consecutive boards to create a seemless looking project?
John L M on Oct 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes this can be done, I have done it many times. No add-on software is required - it can be done with the Basic software.
Is this a good machine for doing signs such as quarter board signs?
John U on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The CarveWright would be perfect for carving quarter board signs. The software makes it easy to design with any font on your computer and with different carving styles to choose from. They have a demo version of their software on their site to download and play with if you want to see how easy it is.
Can the rotary jig be purchased separately? I want to purchase the accessory pack that does not include.
Barbara on Sep 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the rotary jig is also sold separate from the package deals.
What dust collection is available or should be used with CarveWright?
Al W on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Check out the CarveWright web site for the available dust collection options. They are listed under the 3rd party vendor section. There are also a few make your own projects for dust collection attachments on the CarveWright users forum.
can this machine do inlays + both parts ?
jim w on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, It can do inlay work in several ways. The wedge cut inlay is the most practical process, where you cut the pieces with matching sloped sides to the 2 pieces get wedged together, then planed and sanded for a perfect seam. There is a lot of filler inlay work being done as well, where an epoxy like product is used to fill in v-cuts for some pretty spectacular finishes. They can make that stuff look like anything.
The cx machine does it have the rubber belts that pulls the piece of wood through the machine?
Ricky F on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not belts exactly but a rubber covered try on the bottom and a rubber covered roller on the top. It works really well.
Has anyone tried to copy a picture with this machine if so how did it turn out? My wife is sold on it when she saw that the video said you could copy pictures on the carvewright.
Mike on Sep 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Doing the pictures on plastic is amazing and easy. Lithopanes they're called. Carve a frame for it, put a back light on the picture, and I can't keep them on the shelf they sell so fast.
Can a laser be attached to this model?
Joe on Nov 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Currently there is no laser module available for the CarveWright CX.
I make segmented bowls and lamps. I have to chop saw thousands of pieces out of hardwoods, some very hard woods. Can this machine do the job and cut out large amounts of small segments?
Ken H on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: What are the shapes of these pieces? My guess is yes, it could do that, but I'm not sure it would be the best suited tool for that job. It's the chop saw part that makes me question it. Chop saws cut really fast compared to any CNC machine. I would need to know more about what these pieces look like.
Can this machine carve recycled planks? Also can it be used to drill thru holes at programmed locations?
Matt R on Sep 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Recycled, meaning those plastic type boards they make decks out of, or more like reclaimed wood such as barnwood or an old cedar fence? Either way, the answer is yes. There was a pretty neat article recently on the CarveWright BuildBlog about carving on reclaimed wood.

I can also drill holes at programmed locations. The forums are full of cribbage board projects where it's mostly a bunch of drill holes.
What is widest length that can be routed?
BobSanch on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The machine can handle a workpiece up to 14.5 inches wide x 5.0 inches thick x 12 feet long. The maximum length in most cases is dependent on the weight of the material being carved. A workpiece weighing more than 20 lbs in weight places increased stress on the drive mechanism and will accelerate wear on the system. Stand-alone support rollers should be used when machining long (over 3 feet) workpieces.
Where can I order the card and card reader?
Bradly S on Mar 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Well, since i cant link other sites....go to Carvewright (.com) then click on shop, then accessories..) hope this helps
I'm seeing a lot of reviews where they complain that the sawdust is what is causing their failures. Does adding the dust hood stop a lot of the reported issues with this machine?
Todd R on Dec 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have dust collection (1250 CFM) and notice great improvement in bit tracking especially when using a cutting bit to cut out patterns. Highly recommended!!
can you use router bits?
Scott M on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can but you have to have a split and stop collar for them. Check out Rockler's website and see if they carry them and for sure, Carvewright carries them.
Can you download pictures off my laptop? Such as portrait photos?
Uncle Bill on Dec 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: yes, you can import pictures
Can this cut a puzzle?
Frank on Jun 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are three parts to a puzzle design: the substrate, the picture and the cutting pattern. A CarveWright can follow a cutting pattern after you import or create the shapes. I think you would have to get the picture printed and then adhered to the wood. Cutting thin materials requires a jig to carry the material. You can learn from the website. I think it would take a long time to do if the puzzle is large.
Can this machine cut individual puzzle pieces or one long cursive word? I want it to cut through the wood not just engrave. Thanks!
Cheri W on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can cut separate pieces, although you have to leave a small tab to connect the pieces and then cut the tab to separate your parts. Otherwise the parts would move around when you carve through the last edge.
Will this do a full cut out of something, say a Texas shape out of a square piece of wood? Or is it just for engraving/carving? I’m needing this for my small business and was also wondering about sponsorship. Thanks!
AllisonKeel on Mar 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does full cutouts
can the initial materials with this purchase to true baroque designs? Without buying any extra bits or accessories?
shawn r on Jan 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry. My machine has malfunctioned three times since my purchase. I have yet to produce one completed project. It just sits there in the corner ashamed of itself
where can you get a book on how to use this?
ron g on Oct 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The learning guide on the carvewright support site is what i reference when needing to learn things
What kind of belts come on the $1899.00 machine are they sandpaper or rubber? If they are rubber belts for $1899.00 then I want one
Ricky F on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It has rubber belts.
Are there any plans to add a laser module option in the near future?
Jim B on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I haven't heard of any plans to add a laser module for this item
Is this a good one for a beginner with no experience?
Ryan K on May 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The software is very easy to use. But the machine is very unreliable.
can this cnc make pattern boards for use on long arm quilting machine?
Glenn L on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it most certainly could
Does this machine carve chip board as used in scrap booking projects?
Harold M on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, It can cut chipboard no problem. It will need to be mounted on a backer board for the machine track it properly.
Since this like a planner does this cnc router have some type of snipe when using long board?
Peter d on Jan 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The longest board I've used so far is 24 inches and the carving area is only 16 inches. I haven't used it to route or act like a planer, so sorry, I can't answer this question for you.