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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!

CNC Piranha Fx®

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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.
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
(1) CNC Piranha Fx Machine
(2) Hold-down clamps
(1) Touch Screen Controller
(1) VCarve Desktop V9.5 Design Software Package (2) Compact router clamps
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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
Outlet No
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)
4.1 / 5.0
21 Reviews
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Small 10x10 Project Working Area
Without a doubt 5 star product. The controller box and pendant are enclosed and shop friendly. Thumb drive keeps laptop out of the shop. I had a positive experience with customer service and received a free controller replacement due to a burning smell that I didn’t think was normal. Great !
December 31, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wonderful tool and suppor
I love this little CNC once I learned the software and watched the excellent I use it a lot. I make cutting boards, cheese slicers, and Coasters so this CNC is perfect for me. After a month the serial connector to the control went bad but after an email to New Wave Creations I had a new cord at no cost in 2 days GREAT SERVICE!
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August 22, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
As a newbie to woodworking, I am surprised at how quickly I am making parts. My first project was difficult and over my head, but I kept the costs down by working in pine. Made several parts over, but it was not the fault of the machine. It worked fine. I am very pleased and highly recommend the Piranha Fx.

From Newbie Dave
December 27, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Quite pleased with Xmas purchase!
A bit of a learning curve... have made many gifts and see this as an ideal starter machine.
The vectric software is phenomenal!
December 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great little CNC
I'm still getting use to the system. Needed help with the controller and Next Wave Automation was great getting me up and running. Still learning about all the parts I can make for my wooden toys, loving it more each day. I used to do G-Code programing for large CNC Machining Centers and this is such a hoot getting back into CNC machining.

December 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Piranha FX
Tool is pretty much as advertised. Very accurate and easy to get used to the software. The touch screen works much better using an eraser point rather than fingers. The clamp for the router needed some modification to keep it from slipping but overall it's a good tool for the money. I would also invest in the vacuum attachment- really keeps the dust from going everywhere.
September 26, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Don't let the size fool you
This machine works like a charm. The Vcarve software makes it a snap to create unbelievable results. I highly recommend the piranha fx. I downloaded the free version of Vcarve the day I ordered the machine and it shorten the learning curve to almost zero. There are hundreds of video tutorials to help you maximize your results.
September 12, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Buy!
So far this machine has been great. Very smooth and precise. Rockler, Next Wave and Vectric have been extremely helpful! Tons of training videos too that are very helpful. The reason I purchased this CNC from Rockler was because of David in the Tech department. He talked to me at length and gave me tons of helpful advise which led me to have confidence in Rockler and there Tech department. Thank you!
V-Bit 60 degree .50". Oak
V-Bit 60 degree .50". Pallet wood.
V-Bit 60 degree .50". Oak
V-Bit 60 degree .50". Pallet wood
V-Bit 60 degree .50". Pallet wood.
April 28, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great machine but
Stay away from the edges of the working area. Bump it and you lose sync with program. Needs switches?
Pay attention to speeds and feeds. Could push part out of alignment or lose sync with program.
Otherwise great machine, learn to use it slowly!!
July 18, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent machine precision. Great software support.
I was amazed at the precision of the cutting that the tool does. Being a novice to CNC, I had a few software questions once I got the basics down and the Vectric staff were very responsive and accurate in their suggestions.
March 30, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
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
good price point
mudman on Feb 14, 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 Maslowski O 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 L 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
to do designs and cut patterns
Beth H on Feb 16, 2019
Great price! Big enough for my hobby jobs.
Jim F on Feb 14, 2019
What router bits are suggested for the Piranha FX? Thanks!
Jeanne C on Nov 25, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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 www.vectric.com.
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.
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 F 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.
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 M 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.
i just got the Item #: 52995 CNC Piranha Fx about a month ago and someone just broke in and took it. my insurance will not cover it so my question is now that i will have to buy anouther one is it worth almost $4,000 i will have in it? and does anyone have a used one for sale? .. thank you
scott h on Feb 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Key question, what do you expect to use the CNC for? If you already have a woodworking business or decent crafting market how will it enhance your work. For me, I am just a hobbyist and sometime craftshow participant there far hard to place a value. So far though I sort of wish I had actually gone for one of the larger systems.
What is maximum practical thickness of wood stock that is practical for carving with this machine? I am interested in carving 3" stock (a common dimension for turning blanks for example), but that 3" thickness exactly matches the Piranha FX's 3" Z-travel. Seems awfully close--do I need to subtract room for the cutting bit or anything else? Will I have to settle for carving just 2" stock? (And a similar concern--will the included clamps hold stock of 3" thickness?).
dennis c on Sep 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 1-The max ht between the bed and the bottom of the gantry mechanism is 3.5" and if you put down a sacrificial layer on the bed under you piece to be carved, it will reduce that measurement
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
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