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CNC Shark HD5 with Mini 4th Axis Kit

30% faster than the HD4, with ultra-rigid steel-encased gantry legs— includes Virtual Zero Unlimited software and a Mini 4th Axis for carving spindles and pens!

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Whether for the home shop or the production floor, Next Wave Automation's CNC Shark HD5® makes an exceptionally versatile tool that can meet all your machining needs. This package also includes the Mini 4th Axis Kit, which will take your projects to new dimensions with intricate wraparound carvings. The HD5 can shape, drill, carve, dado and rabbet a huge variety of projects made from wood, soft metals, composites, or plastics. It features robust, industrial-grade components: a heavy-duty aluminum- and steel-reinforced gantry, an extruded aluminum router mount, interlocking aluminum table, linear rails and guides, and anti-backlash, wear-compensated lead screws on all axes. Except for the router (see compatible router list below), it ships standard with everything needed to get started: the latest version of Vectric VCarve design software, a color pendant controller, two hold-down clamps, a 3/8'' carbide V-bit, and Next Wave Automation’s exclusive, patented Virtual Zero Unlimited software. It's fully compatible with Next Wave Automation’s extensive line of accessories: laser, 4th axis, scanner, and more. Made in the USA and backed by a full one-year warranty and lifetime technical support.


  • 30% faster than the Shark HD4
  • Software is easier to use
  • Most rigid gantry on any HD Shark
  • Virtual Zero Unlimited maps non-flat surfaces with an unlimited number of reference points, ensuring accurate cut depths
  • Virtual Zero Unlimited auto adjusts the G-code to conform to the actual surface of your material, eliminating problems caused by a warped or bowed workpiece
  • Colored touch screen pendant controller with Ready2Control software featuring multi-machine operation, start, stop rewind, and go to G-code location as well as project queuing for reliable bit change applications ($149 retail value)
  • Includes the latest edition of Vectrics VCarve design software ($349 retail value)
  • Vector Art 3D Sampler Pack ($99 retail value)
  • Steel encased gantry legs for increased rigidity
  • New cable management system and computer control panel
  • Removeable steel base shields minimize dust and debris
  • Linear ball bearing carriages and guide rails
  • Anti-backlash, wear-compensated leadscrews on all axes
  • Rigid interlocking aluminum table with virtually unlimited clamp positioning
  • Aluminum gantry backplate for heavy machining capabilities
  • Rugged aluminum router mounting clamp
  • Automatic router on and off control
  • USB interface
  • X & Y homing capability
  • One-year warranty on parts and labor, special shipping exclusions apply
  • Lifetime technical support
  • Made in the USA

CNC Shark HD5® is fully compatible with the following routers (sold separately):

  • Bosch 1617 and 1618
  • Porter Cable 890 Series
  • DeWalt 610, 616, 618

Package includes the Mini 4th Axis Kit, which lets you create small spindle turnings with intricate wraparound carvings and designs!

Next Wave Automation's Mini 4th Axis Kit lets you use your CNC machine to create spindles, pens or game pieces with intricate carvings and designs that will amaze. The kit features a precision rotary unit, a removeable miniature 3-jaw chuck and a standard #2 morse taper shaft that allows you to use just about any of your standard lathe accessories. Constructed from durable extruded aluminum stock, the Mini 4th Axis Kit is built for years of service.


  • Precision-machined aluminum parts
  • Self-Centering 3-Jaw Micro Chuck with 2'' diameter
  • Easy installation and setup
  • Mounting hardware included


  • (1) CNC Shark HD5
  • (1) Aluminum router mount (see list of compatible routers)
  • (1) 3/8'' V-Groove Bit (colors may vary)
  • (2) Hold Down Clamps (colors may vary)
  • (1) Latest Edition of VCarve Software Package
  • (1) CNC Shark Control Panel operating software with Virtual Zero Unlimited
  • (1) Vector Art 3D Sampler Pack
  • (1) Mini 4th Axis Kit for CNC Shark/Piranha
More Information
Brand Next Wave
Manufacturer Part Number 65348 & 68336
Weight 186.6500
Tech Spec
  • Voltage: 110/115 V
  • Table dimensions: 28'' x 36''
  • XYZ travel: 25'' x 25'' x 7''
  • Overall dimensions: 36-1/4''W x 36''L x 24-1/2''H
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Rockler Store
Size, quality, sale price
Matt B on Dec 2, 2019
Size, quality, sale price
Matt B on Dec 2, 2019
Bernie on Oct 13, 2019
Bernie on Oct 13, 2019
How many boxes does the HD-5 come in ?
MadMaxH3 on Nov 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I received three boxes. The HD5 boxes weighed 80 lbs. and 120 lbs. The mini 4th axis box was shipped separately.
Can it be picked up at store without shipping charge?
Ronald W on Nov 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Check with your local Rockler store to determine the current inventory level.
Is this compatible with a mac book pro?
Noel A on Nov 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The design software for the CNC Shark line is Windows based.
How hard is it to setup the software? I am making a F style mandolin and the top has to be carved both inside and out at various thickness so it will flex like a speaker diaphram.
Mike E on Nov 28, 2019
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