CNC Shark HD4 with 2HP Water-Cooled Spindle
Thanks to upgraded electronics, a color touch-screen pendant controller and additional expansion ports, the CNC Shark has become more versatile and easy-to-use than ever. It features larger linear guides, XY homing capability. Like past models, the Shark HD4 includes Virtual Zero software, which maps the surface of your workpiece for maximum accuracy. It features a gantry reinforced with heavy plate aluminum, adjustable bearings, and anti-backlash, wear-compensated lead screws on all three axes, allowing it to handle larger routers such as the included water-cooled spindle. Perfect for carving and machining a large variety of projects made from wood, soft metals or plastics. Simply supply a PC computer with USB 2.0 port and any of the routers listed below, connect the USB cable to the controller box and load the software. Includes VCarve Desktop V9.5 Design Software, Vector Art 3D Sampler Pack, and CNC Shark control software with Virtual Zero technology.
- Virtual Zero software ''maps'' the surface of your table or workpiece and uses the map as a dynamic reference point. This virtually eliminates problems caused by warped or bowed work pieces
- Touch-screen pendant controlled software package with color graphics
- X & Y homing capability
- Anti-backlash, wear-compensated direct drive lead screws on all axes
- Interlocking aluminum table with rigid channels for fast, flexible clamping
- Detachable, rotating cradles allow different attachments and height configurations
- Enhanced hardware controller with expansion ports and pendant ability
- Compatible with all HD line accessories
- Aluminum and high-density polyethylene construction is designed for commercial use
- Gantry is reinforced with plate aluminum for heavier machining capabilities
- Automatic on and off software control of router/spindle system
- Includes Vcarve Desktop Design Software
- Download free project plans from Vectric
- One year warranty on parts and labor, special shipping exclusions apply
Package includes a 2HP Water-Cooled Spindle—no router purchase required!
With its quiet operation, integral cooling system and durable precision bearings, this CNC router spindle will not only stand up to long, hard routing tasks, it will save your ears while doing it.At 2HP, it provides ample power for a variety of CNC routing projects. Includes a clamping kit for connection to your CNC Shark HD, an interface kit/cable, a submersible pump, all tubing and fittings. Customer will need to provide a suitable 5-gallon reservoir, which can be as simple as a 5-gallon bucket.
- 2HP liquid-cooled brushless spindle for durability and quiet operation
- 110V 13 amp inverter with readout display
- ER11 collet system includes 1/8'' shank and 1/4'' shank collets
- Submersible 110V fluid pump for efficient cooling
- Spindle is 110V AC and will plug directly into the wall socket (requires 15 amp circuit)
(1) Router Mount (see list of compatible routers)
(1) 3/8'' V-Groove Bit (colors may vary)
(2) Hold Down Clamps (colors may vary)
(1) VCarve Desktop V9.5 Software Package
(1) CNC Shark Control Panel operating software with Virtual Zero technology
(1) Vector Art 3D Sampler Pack
(1) 2HP Water-Cooled Spindle
(1) 1/8'' Collet
(1) 1/4'' Collet
(1) Tubing Kit
(1) Fittings Kit
(1) Clamping Kit for Shark HD
(1) Interface Kit/Cable
|Tech Spec||Shark HD4:
8 months ago
11 months ago
11 months ago
8 months ago
This is my first CNC machine so I outside of a lot of research I am not comparing it to anything. These are my impressions so far. Most of the comments below are things I am in the process of updating myself.
CNC Shark HD4:
1. Overall the machine is very well build and very well packaged. It comes in two boxes with one, the base, weighing 110 lbs. UPS delivered it so not sure what all the brew ha was about a lift gate.
2, Putting it together was simple, I did it myself with just a bit of planning.
3. The need to enter a code, supplied by NWA after sending codes to them, is in my opinion downright weird and hokie. I nearly lowered my review of the machine by one notch just because of this. I have since noted (by doing a very specific search) that some users have had ongoing issues with this, had I know this it might have influenced my decision.
4. The lack of cable relief on the cable running to the X axis motor is a disaster waiting to happen. The strength of three tiny wires are all that stands between an errant foot and testing your soldering skills. This is being fixed on my machine.
5. There is a nice cable chain for the Z axis cable which is large enough to also accommodate the rotor/spindle power as well as the spindle cooling lines. It would be really nice if there were also a cable chain along the left side of the machine to accommodate all the cables / water lines that end up hanging over that side. This is being fixed on my machine.
1. It would be nice if the spindle used an ER20 instead of an ER11 collet. There are times 1/2" shank bits would be nice (for a wider resurfacing bit for example.) I have seen spindles on eBay with the larger collet that would like fit (and work with the controller) so this upgrade may happen if this becomes an issue but is something NWA should consider.
2. The included water lines should be about 5 feet longer to allow better "cable" dressing such as routing through the cable chain(s). It is easy to cut off extra, not so easy to add.
3. The lack of control for spindle rotation from the CNC controller is a nasty oversight. I have been treated to a nice "ping" and damaged workpiece twice now when I forgot to start the spindle. Less than five minutes of research and a few parts from Amazon and Digikey are about to solve this problem but NWA should have included that in the package.
4. This is not a comment on this machine but a comment on "hobby" CNCs in general. Throwing a pump into a five gallon bucket of water, even one that is covered, in a environment that is not exactly pristine is asking for trouble. While I am currently running that way I have a CW-3000 water chiller on order. This will make the cooling system closed loop.
All that said I am having a blast using this beastie and with a few simple upgrades will have it exactly the way I want it.
I did upgrade to VCarve Pro (costs $350 once you have registered VCarve Desktop). I did this for several reasons but the main ones were the ability to combine toolpaths and the ability to run "gadgets."
Attached is a photo of one of the clock gears I cut with it. This was the third project I tried (and one of the main reasons I bought the machine.) It was MUCH funner drinking coffee and watching the machine do the work than hunching over the scroll saw for two hours hoping a tiny mistake does not ruing the work.
11 months ago
over 2 years ago
V-Carve has incredible tutorials and a strong user base. V-Carve is quite competent and fits very well with the capabilities of the Shark.
The 2 HP water-cooled spindle (Item 57346) has a 3.5" diameter, so they are interchangeable.
Routers, including the Bosch 1617, Porter Cable 890 and DeWalt 618 will also fit in the mounting clamp and offer both 1/4" and 1/2" collets.
You can cut all the way through but to do
so you need to have a piece of scrap wood under your work to protect the table surface from the blade. You will also need to design your layout so that there are tabs connecting the letters to the remaining material that you will then cut by hand once the machine is done. This allows the letter to be held in place while being cut. Some people is double sided tape to hold the work in place or even well placed brads.