Craftsman CompuCarve in Your Garage!

By on March 3rd, 2008 in blog

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Head down to your local Sears store Right Now and pick up a new Craftsman CompuCarve Computer-Controlled Compact Woodworking Machine for only US$1799!

This device uses specialized MAC or PC software that loads models onto a special memory card. The card is then inserted into the CompuCarve so that your PC doesn’t have to get near the workshop-environment printer.

CompuCarve uses a subtractive approach, where you load in a hunk of soft plastic or perhaps wood. It is then subjected to various common wordworking processes such as mitering or routing and your object is gradually revealed as material is stripped away. From Sears’ description:

Compact, computer-controlled, 3-dimensional woodworking machine with an easy-to-use interface. It allows a novice to make a complete project without a shop full of tools.The unique configuration allows it to perform many other woodworking functions, including ripping, cross cutting, mitering, contouring, jointing and routing. The CompuCarve can work in most soft materials, including wood, plastics (polycarbonate or cast acrylic) and certain types of high density foam. Set includes CompuCarve machine, (1) 1/16 in. carbide carving bit, (1) 1/8 in. carbide cutting bit, CarveWright Memory Card, starter software package, (2) 1/4 in. bit adaptors, vacuum bag adaptor, bit removal tool, hex wrench, owner’s manual and Quick Start Guide.

Excuse us while we check for empty space in the Fabbaloo workshop…


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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


  1. I have nearly rebuilt my entire Compucarve. If you buy one, get a new one – then return it before the return policy expires. Repeat process on a monthly basis. Piss poor customer service from Sears has me rethinking my 25 year committment to Crafstman tools. What a shame.

  2. Don't be a chump! Carvewright/CompuCarve is nothing but a pain in the ass. The worst qc I've ever seen in a manufactured product. Mine will not run and the company can't fix it. They refuse to answer or return telephone calls, even though they have the machine. To get my machine back, which I'll be selling for parts, I'll probably have to hire an attorney.


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