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CNC Piranha Fx®

A full-featured mini CNC with a compact 12'' x 18'' table and an included touch-screen interface. Included software means you're ready to start machining as soon as your shipment arrives!
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Although its attractive price might suggest an entry level machine, the CNC Piranha Fx® Base Model is every bit as capable as its CNC Shark® cousins and it even includes a convenient touch-screen interface! Its compact 12'' x 18'' table makes it perfect for smaller-scale projects like carvings, plaques, ornamental boxes and precision parts machined from wood, soft metals, or plastics, all at a fraction of the price of a full-sized CNC. It is fully compatible with the optional Fx accessory modules (sold separately). With its 3D carving capability, including a 3D models library, you can carve expensive corbels, cut intricate inlays and engravings. The CNC Piranha Fx® Base Model has such incredible accuracy that you can engrave custom circuit boards with it. In addition, the entire machine can easily fit on one end of your bench. Design your project with the included VCarve Desktop V10.0 Design software on a PC computer with USB 2.0 port or higher (computer not included). Then save your project directly to a USB flash drive, plug it into the Pendant, select your file, and hit the run button. By using the flash drive, your computer won't be subjected to a dusty shop environment. Put the power of the Piranha to work for you today!

(1) CNC Piranha Fx Machine
(2) Hold-down clamps
(1) Touch Screen Controller
(1) VCarve Desktop V10.0 Design Software Package (2) Compact router clamps
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 Next Wave
Manufacturer Part Number 100001
Weight 58.7500
Tech Spec
  • Compatible Software: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Made in USA
Dimensions 19.5'' (W), 20.5'' (L), 18'' (H)
Shank OD 1/4"
Spindle Speed 16,000 -35,000 RPM
CNC Machine Travel 12'' (X), 13'' (Y), 3'' (Z)
4.4 / 5.0
33 Reviews
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I am almost there to start my first project. Need to study the software some more but am excited for the first project.
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March 14, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Purchase for First Machine
I bought this machine for my husband as a gift and he absolutely loves it- can't get him out of his workshop! This is a great buy for the price if you want to use a CNC machine before spending $3k+ for a larger one. The software was very easy to install and extremely user friendly.
March 5, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love it!
Have had it for 3 weeks now. Am really enjoying it. Very well made, everything works exactly as expected. There is a learning curve, but not a difficult one. The software is excellent (and I made a living for 41 years writing software, so I know), and once you understand how the software relates to the machine and the various router bits one uses, tasks become easier. Important thing is to establish a routine when operating it, and you'll have no problems. Very happy with it!
April 19, 2019
12 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Little CNC Machine!
This little CNC Machine performs at a professional level! The VCarve software is simple to use and comes with numerous tutorial videos. I have only had it a few weeks but so far it has been perfect. It is only limited by its maximum project size (12” x 13”). I’m very happy with this purchase!
A house numbers sign.
A sign for my grandson.
A sign for the Little Library I built for my grandson.
April 19, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great ittlle CNC setup
My first encounter with CNC machines was watching torpedo casings being created 30+ years ago at a defense contractor. This is very different, but no less interesting. I'm creating signs, boxes and crafts very quickly and learning a ton as I go. The Vectric software is excellent, but you need to put in the time to learn it and expect to make plenty of mistakes (this coming from an engineer making a living writing software for 30+ years). Your clamps will take a beating, your router bits will need cleaning and/or replacement and you'll enjoy figuring out how to improve every aspect of your projects. After owning this for 6 weeks I just gave a simple demo at our local woodworking club which generated a lot of questions and comments. Great little CNC that I would buy all over again.
March 29, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just started but made my first sign. Went pretty smooth. Learning the program takes most of the time. The CNC is pretty easy to operate once the program files are installed. Looking forward to learning new projects
March 17, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent CNC machine for smaller jobs! Great quality!
Great machine! It’s a good machine for the beginner cnc owners. I’m excited to learn more and see its full potential.
March 14, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Will be a fun tool once mastered.
Machine is awesome, only step learning curve for this old dude is the program. Lots of you tube videos to help.
March 11, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wow ~ Just Wow
Went to Rockler's in Altamonte for the first time on Sunday. Knew I was going to get into trouble when I walked in. Browsed the whole store and then came across this. Didn't know about them, didn't research them, just bought it on a whim. Just made my first project and am absolutely amazed. Not gonna lie, this may be the best toy I ever bought myself!
March 7, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
This took me a little while to get the hang of but customer service was great and answered every question I had. Really enjoying this product.
February 25, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
second unit bought for use and works great
Kevin G on Mar 23, 2020
Great price!
Ed F on Feb 25, 2019
second unit bought for use and works great
Kevin G on Mar 23, 2020
Have been wanting to do small projects. This is perfect!
Debra S on Feb 26, 2019
Great price!
Ed F on Feb 25, 2019
I have been making jewelry boxes and Japanese puzzle boxes for years. Would like to “personalize “ some in the future.
George O on Feb 19, 2019
to do designs and cut patterns
Beth H on Feb 16, 2019
good price point
mudman on Feb 14, 2019
Great price! Big enough for my hobby jobs.
Jim F on Feb 14, 2019
price and write ups
Andrew M on Feb 13, 2019
Very Good Price
Mark Damon P on Feb 12, 2019
looked good
JAMES on Feb 10, 2019
It was a good deal and I have always wanted one.
Clark K on Feb 10, 2019
Best value for the price
Michael K on Feb 5, 2019
As much as I'd like a big CNC, I'm out of shop space and this is big enough for the boxes, signs and other crafts I currently work on. When I'm ready to move to something bigger (workshop or CNC) I'm sure I'll find a way to keep this productive.
Mike S on Feb 1, 2019
As a novice cnc guy, I like the price and functionality.
Beau R on Nov 28, 2017
Small foot print, capable of tiling project
Michael S on Aug 24, 2017
Did a lot of price/features comparing before choosing the Piranha. The included Vectric software is a bonus.
Chet N on May 25, 2017
Need it
James H on Mar 27, 2017
After research, it seems like the best alternative for the price. It has a decent size of work area, and strong build.
Oscar F on Mar 2, 2017
Seems to be a good value for the money. The workspace is adequate for my needs and the accuracy is great. The included Vectric software is powerful and easy to learn from the trial download.
David on Dec 6, 2016
This is the one my husband wants. He researched & compared several other brands & decided on this one.
Cheryl M on Apr 28, 2016
learn about CNC machine capabilities and some small projects that i may want to be able to duplicate.
Bill H on Apr 16, 2016
I'm awesome
Zachary S on Apr 4, 2016
It is a great machine
Tom K on Mar 28, 2016
Entry level CNC, good reviews
Kenneth A S on Mar 14, 2016
I want to learn about CNC machining and routing. This machine is upgradable to laser engraving and 3D printing.
Eddie P on Nov 20, 2015
Have been wanting to do small projects. This is perfect!
Debra S on Feb 26, 2019
I have been making jewelry boxes and Japanese puzzle boxes for years. Would like to “personalize “ some in the future.
George O on Feb 19, 2019
What router bits are suggested for the Piranha FX? Thanks!
Jeanne C on Nov 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Can this unit cut 1/8th thick aluminum?
Can this router composite material? (Wood/plastic)
How large an area will this engrave?
Renee M on Oct 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The working envelope of the Piranha is 12" x 13".
Could this work to personalize a baseball bat?
Keith B on Oct 7, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: Yes and no. The machine is capable of engraving just about anything into any surface (provided you have correct bits). If you are doing small engraving in just one spot i think it would work well. If you plan on doing complicated engravings over a large area, and since a baseball bat is round, you would also need a 4th axis attachment, and all the bells and whistles that go with it. So to do a bat, plan to invest an additional $1000 on top of the cost of the machine. Hope this helped answer your question.
How "precise" is this CNC Machine? Would it be able to cut a hole at 0.743"? Also - Will the Laser head be available for purchase separately at a later time? Thank you!
Sean C on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The repeatability of this CNC is +/- .001.

The laser head is available as an accessory.
Will there be support for Windows 10?
William M on Feb 21, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: I have both Windows 10 and 8.1. There is no problem that I have had. It takes a little getting used to follow the correct procedures. It works fine with both. Can only speak concerning the Piranha FX I have seen the one of the Shark models using windows 7,I think. It is Vector, I believe.
What is the difference between the (Piranha) and the (Piranha FX)?
Frank on Oct 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The operating specifications are identical. There has been a minor manufacturing change to the router cradle to accommodate the accessories and a firmware upgrade to the controller.
I have never used or owned a CNC machine and I am wanting to start cutting out wood monograms ranging in 12" - 20" would this machine be able to do this? If not, what machine would you recommend for someone that has never used one?
Amanda on Dec 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Piranha is capable of cutting monograms and other similar projects, however the working envelope for this machine is 12" x 13".

If you would like to cut larger projects in a single pass you may want to consider the CNC Shark, which has a working envelope of 13" x 24".

Both machines use VCarve software and similar router and other options are common to both machines. You can evaluate the software by downloading a free trial version at
I want to cut rectangular cutouts 1" x 2.83" in plastic enclosures. The cutout must be located accurately on the case. Will this machine allow me to do these cutouts? What is the smallest diameter cutting tool I can use? The plastic is 0.10" thick.
John I on Feb 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes it would, the machine only has 3 inches of up/down or Z travel so you need to factor in how tall your plastic enclosure is. you can use any diameter you like, most handheld routers are going to come with a 1/4 collet, but i have an 1/8 adapter piece from amana tools, that reduces the collet down to 1/8", for the most part, the smallest bits i have found have been 1/16". but someone may make smaller, So to clarify, you only have a certain amount of height in the workspace to work with, you cant through in something that is 12 inches tall, there wouldnt be enough room between the bottom of the router and the top of the work surface.
How do I order the laser accessory? I don't have a need for the 3D printing accessory so I don't want to purchase the full kit.
Yuri V on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Conversion kits are currently available.
Is the software and the machine compatible with mac computers?
Michael on Oct 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The VCarve software has been developed for, and is supported on, PC.

Users have reported success running it on a mac emulator without problems, but this is not supported.
Where can I purchase CNC bits? End Mills, ball nose? Thanks.
Wood Guy on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Many places, look on internet. It appears I am not allowed to reference other stores on this site.
Can this table be enlarged with an upgrade later?
jerry h on Feb 16, 2016
If I put a diamond router bit in the machine would it work for glass?
joe b on Nov 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: From the documentation I received with my diamond drag bit yes it should. Of course you might need to ensure you have the right tension spring installed and the proper cut depth settings, asfrom expirementing with engraving on various metals those two items can make a big difference. I have not tried to do anything on glass but will be doing some work on clear Lexan in the near future.
Can this machine make wooden earrings and pendants?
Amon H on Jul 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think it can but it would be a little tricky if they are small objects and you might have to do more hand work than you might like to get the result you want because of the way it would carve from only one side so the back side would be flat. You would need to be careful with the design and as well the bit choices
How thick of wood will it cut like 3/4 inch to make a design?
Vernon O on May 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Are you looking to cut completely thru? If so you can use a .25" up or downcut bit to cut thru. You must program it to cut the wood in several passes. It is never wise to cut thru 3/4" wood in one pass. I would program it to cut thru 3/4" wood in 7 or so passes.
Will this work without any problems under 50 and 60 cycle power source?
Ed P on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Generally, most electrical systems designed for 60hz power can tolerate 50hz without any trouble.
Has anyone used this for AR15 lowers?
Woodpecker13 on Apr 25, 2018
Is the FX unit fully assembled or in kit form?
Thomas W on Dec 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not a kit. The stepper motors, frame, carriage were all assembled. The electronic modules were also assembled but needed connection to the stepper motors and modules through preassembled connectors
I have a project that will require an image to be carved at a total length of 13.5 inches. Since the total max travel of the Piranha is 13 inches, is there any way to get that extra half inch?
DC H on Feb 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You are limited left to right by the width of the gantry, however you can carve an unlimited length forward and back with a process known as tiling. Check YouTube to see videos on this technique
I'd like to use this to engrave stars in the union for American Flags and add text. Will this CNC be able to accommodate this?
Sean P on Mar 4, 2017
The Pirhana FX will be able to do what your asking with no problem. I have this same machine and I am very pleased with this machine. I have made about 400 personalized signs without any issues. The only problem I have is I am growing out of this machine. I am wanting to do bigger projects. My next purchase will be a Axiom.
What is the voltage?
Nickel 3 on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I plug mine into a standard 110 outlet, have never had any problems
Can this be used for pinewood derby cars?
Kent on Feb 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, with a model of the 4 sides you can carve it.
See pinewood cnc on u-tube.
Could take awhile to become proficient at using software and mounting stock.
Good luck
I want to use this to put inlays in cutting boards. My boards are 12 X 18. Although I would be cuttingin an area much smaller. Can I put a 12 X 18" board on the table. And cut a 6 x 9" inlay?
Bob M on Dec 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The 12X18 board will fit on the bed; however it will cover the entire clamp mounting surface, which is also 12X18. There are two through holes on the front vertical surface (on each side of Piranha Fx label) that could be used to secure some type of clamp(s). The two holes are not present on the rear vertical surface though.
What is the smallest font that I can expect the machine to cut with the Piranha FX. I wish to engrave words but do not know how small a cut I can expect?
Michael R on Oct 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It depends on what you're engraving. I've used the Piranha to engrave control panels from sign / name badge plastic. The surface color is .003" thick, so if I set the program to cut .005" deep with a 30 degree pointed bit, the line is extremely fine.

But to get this kind of depth accuracy you have to have a mounted and leveled sacrificial board. I made my board out of a commercial polyethylene cutting board so humidity doesn't affect it's thickness. I also installed 1/4" threaded inserts on the board that line up over the Piranha's slots to mount hold down clamps for the sign material using 1/4" bolts. The inserts are mounted from the bottom side of the board. You just have to be sure not to level or re-level below the inserts.
Do you know how to get an owners manual or instruction book?
M B on Aug 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I can't paste links to other sites, but go on the nextwaveautomation site (add .com to that word), on the top menu click on Support and then the item Download and Links....they are all there.
does a router come with this unit or is the an add on?
Calvin on Feb 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is no router. Just a bracket for the hand held Bosh Colt as shown in the picture or a Dewalt hand held. I got the colt for mine. It was about $100. It works great for me. Speed adjustment on the router.
Is it standard power source or 220?
Scott on Oct 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This machine runs on a standard 110 plug.
Does the Piranha FX support tiling?
Richard on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes only one way .
Will this machine duplicate and existing carving?
Jim_Smith on Jan 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Only if you have a digitized image that you can enter into the program. It accepts many formats of CAD output. It does not have the ability to mechanically copy from an existing carving.
I have bought the FX now for a year and have used it extensively, and I mean extensively! All done on 3/4" or thinner wood, on all types of wood. I have noticed that my circle cutouts are starting to become a bit oval in appearance, only by 1/32" or less but in my line of work, it means a lot. What is happening and can it be fixed by easy means. Would recalibrating the machine fix it? I need and answer soon.
Frank on Dec 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hope this helps. I did stumble on this same problem while making hotel guest room door signage. My "oval" problem was fixed by changing routers (bought a new one); at first I thought it could be the "collet" due to huge usage - but figured not to take a chance on contract and bought a new Bosch. Richie.