CNC Piranha Fx®
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 V9.5 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!
- There is an additional $65.00 shipping charge for this item.
- Router shown in image above is not included.
- Requires a PC computer with USB 2.0 port or higher (not included)
- Included router clamps fit the Bosch, Dewalt, and Porter Cable compact routers.
- If you have received prior versions of VCarve, they are upgradeable to version 9.0.
- Allow 7-10 days for Delivery.
- Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
- 15% Restocking fee on all CNC Shark returns.
- Please call customer service before returning product.
(2) Hold-down clamps
(1) Touch Screen Controller
(1) VCarve Desktop V9.5 Design Software Package (2) Compact router clamps
|Manufacturer Part Number||100001|
|Dimensions||19.5'' (W), 20.5'' (L), 18'' (H)|
|Spindle Speed||16,000 -35,000 RPM|
|CNC Machine Travel||12'' (X), 13'' (Y), 3'' (Z)|
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The laser head is available as an accessory.
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 www.vectric.com.
Users have reported success running it on a mac emulator without problems, but this is not supported.
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.
See pinewood cnc on u-tube.
Could take awhile to become proficient at using software and mounting stock.
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.
My set up is 3.5" from the bottom of the Collette to the bed BUT it is possible to raise the router so some degree and it could enable you to carve on a 3" surface.
2-The hold down clamps would be troublesome as designed but possibly could be augmented by adding a block of wood between the bed and the part of the clamp that rests on the bed to give a better hold down angle/pressure on the piece to be carved but it may require longer hold down bolts between the clamp to bed.
3-FYI-You need to consider some type of dust collection system as it will spew out the cut material all over the place unless you do not mind dust everywhere and have an easy clean up area. I built an enclosed box for mine, put in plastic view areas and put a port for the dust collector already in my shop but I knew that I would have to do that because I had a Shop Bot before and had to deal with the dust problem then. I downsized to the Fx because the Shop Bot consumed too much floor space for the work I was now doing.
4-FYI-I had assumed that the Fx would have auto homing built in so that you would not have to manually set up it up but it does not and that makes it more tedious to change bits mid-stream if a carving require more than one bit and any movement of the router position will cause a misalignment for the rest of the carving - Mine was purchased in Dec 2015 so perhaps that Homing feature is now included - Worth asking about
5-FYI-The software is good and the basically the same I used for the Shop Bot but has some different conventions than most of the software I use in my normal work thus it is awkward at times
Good Luck on your Venture