Showing posts from November, 2015

2015 Inventables Black Friday Deal

Deal #1 X-Carve has been our most popular 3D carving machine ever, thanks to you guys! Buy any X-Carve and receive $100 off!

Deal #2 Many of you folks already have an X-Carve.  We wanted to do something special for you too.  Spend $50 or more (not including shipping) on anything in our store (including X-Carve) and receive a $50 gift certificate to Inventables!  Gift cards will be emailed out next Tuesday, December 1st for all qualifying orders.  Gift certificate is no longer valid if the initial order is returned. Limit one per customer.
This offer is too good to miss!

Inventables' Black Friday Deal Starts Early!

At Inventables, we do a Black Friday deal for our customers as a small way of saying thanks for all your support. We've been getting calls, emails, and forum posts asking when the deal will start this year. We decided we should leave that up to all of you guys! So we put it to a vote on the Inventables community forum, and the people have spoken - our Black Friday deal will start at the stroke of midnight tonight!

Makers Spotlight: Pam Daniels & Brandon Williams

Pam and Brandon met at Northwestern University while both pursuing their master's degrees in design. They now own the design practice of Welcome Industries, where they work as designers, entrepreneurs and educators.

Pam and Brandon currently live at Northwestern University where they are designers in residence. Here they teach students using an active design practice at the Segal Design Institute on Northwestern’s campus.

Pam and Brandon are associated with Catalyze Chicago, as well as  Design House Chicago, a nonprofit where Pam is a co-founder.

Inventables asked Pam and Brandon to use our new easy to use 3D carving machine, Carvey, to create a project that would demonstrate its capabilities. They decided to develop a lighting concept that would, “focus on what a mill can do that an average laser cutter can’t”.

Pam and Brandon chose to shine a spotlight on how Carvey’s smaller bed size is not a limitation, but rather, a way to expand your imagination. For example, by cutting hole…

Production Validation Phase for Carvey has Begun!

This past Friday, we had the first production models come off the line at our contract manufacturer’s facility. These first few production units were shipped out to a small group of local testers to go through a production validation phase. This process is meant to expose any problems that could work themselves into the machines during assembly on the production line. This includes uncovering things like assembly tolerance issues, making sure all correct parts are included in the assembly, identifying any defective electronics or wiring issues and so on. It is an important step towards finalizing the production line process and determining how machines will be QC’d before being shipped out to customers.
Carvey in the assembly line We of course wish we could say the very first production units were flawless, but so far we have uncovered a few areas that need to be addressed. These include updating some of the production drawings to show correct placement of things like warning labels a…

Updates to the Easel interface

Hi there Easel users! You might have noticed that Easel looks a little different today. We’ve made some adjustments to the interface and I wanted to explain what’s new.
Along with a few visual tweaks, the main changes are to the toolbar at the top. Here’s what it looks like now:
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With these changes, we wanted to:
1. Make it easier to adjust important settings like material, bit size, and material dimensions.
2. Lay the groundwork for more precise cut settings based on the combination of material and bit.
You’ll notice that we’ve added a second level toolbar, with design components on the left, and project-specific settings on the right. Material and bit size are the most important factors for any project, so it made sense to make these prominent and easy to change.
Material dimensions are also now set independently of the material, so if you set specific dimensions, then change the material type, the dimensions will stay the same.

3 Simple Holiday Projects

We all know the holidays can be stressful. However, it’s important to make some time for yourself. These three holiday projects are not only fun, they’re also quick and easy, leaving plenty of ‘me time’. We think that’s a pretty great combo.

Rustic Holly Block Stamp
This rustic holiday stamp was made from three pieces of MDF wood. Just carve the blocks and sand them lightly, then you’re ready to stamp! Using a registration tool (see project page for details) while printing will allow you to make sure your stamps stay aligned and in place. This simple stamp can be used on any medium to create holiday cheer throughout your home!

Snowman Decoration
This snowman is a great holiday project because it is quick, easy and versatile! Use Easel to recreate this snowman, or design your own holiday figure, and carve it onto any material. You could use basic oak plywood and paint it for a nice finish, or use blue glitter acrylic to create a sparkling snow feel. Anyway you twist it, you’re sure to im…

Inventables Black Friday Deal 2016 is Coming

We have a Black Friday deal coming. There will be something for new customers and existing customers. We debated for a long time about what it should be. This has been our most successful year ever and we wanted a way to say thank you to everyone who supported us and at the same time do something to attract new people to join the community. We wanted to give people a heads up early that something is coming.  Thank you so much for all your support this year.

Core77 Gift Guide

With the holiday season just around the corner, the Inventables team was honored to be featured in this year's Core77 Gift Guide!

The X-Carve was placed into the “make your own damn gift, guide” category, which is perfect for us! As the gift guide states, the X-Carve is “a little routing here, a little milling there. Oh look! I made my niece a chair”.
Check out to see what other machines, materials and ideas we have to offer!

3 Awesome Gadgets You Can Make Instead Of Buy

The latest gadgets and accessories can be tempting, but as our mother always told us, ‘money doesn’t grow on trees. Even if money isn’t the issue, consider the fact that making things is well, fun. Below are three awesome ideas from the Inventables project page to get your creative juices flowin’! These projects are sure to inspire you and have your friends asking, ‘where did you buy that and how can I get one!?’
1. iPhone Case

Instead of buying an expensive iPhone 6 case that would go out of style in a week, Jeremy Richards decided to carve one himself. First, Jeremy used HDPE to create a sturdy fixture that would hold his material in place. Jeremy suggests using a sturdy material, like HDPE, so you are able to use this fixture repeatedly. Then, by placing his piece of walnut (or other material of your choosing) into the fixture, he was ready to design and build his case with X-Carve! Let's see Apple make a personalized wooden case.
2. Passive Amplifier for your iPhone

Most iPhone p…

The Beginners Guide to 3D Carving

3D Carving: This is a term I am now able to explain to my friends and family, but up until September 2015, I unsure of its exact meaning. However, that all changed when Inventables decided to hire me as their marketing intern.

3D Carving may seem intimidating, like something the average person could never do. Well I’m here to tell you that that is most certainly not true. I am living proof.

In case you haven’t heard, Inventables is launching their new 3D Carving machine, Carvey. This sparked my interest because Cavey is targeted towards a demographic that may have little to no experience with 3D Carving machines, which was essentially me.

My first step toward becoming a Carvey master was to take a user test. Two members of the Inventables team, who are highly skilled in Carvey, conducted the user test. I was asked to download the Carvey Easel software, screw in the bit, and finally complete the pre-set user project.

I was able to do this all in record time! Just kidding, it took me abo…

Jewelry Kickstarter for Carvey

Carvey is Inventables newest 3D carving machine that allows anyone to become a maker.
We know making can be difficult, but now it doesn’t have to be with Carvey’s enhanced features. Arrives pre-assembled allowing you to go from idea to project more quickly Works with Inventables free and easy to use software, Easel Fully enclosed frame allowing Carvey to be quiet and clean Works with a wide variety of materials

Now that you’ve had your little refresher course on Carvey, time to meet Inventables team member and jewelry maker, Alex Berger. Alex tells us that she really likes Carvey, “because it’s something enclosed and quiet. It’s a little more friendly for doing work at home”.

Here at Inventables, we want to inspire other makers to turn their ideas into realities. We believe that Carvey is just the thing to get this movement started. Whether you have 20 years of carving experience or absolutely none, Carvey is for you.
Take a look at the three beautiful jewelry projects Alex has made on th…

Makers Spotlight: Steve Carmichael

Steve Carmichael from Lawrenceville Georgia has arguably created one of the coolest projects we have ever seen with X-Carve: a working electric guitar. Steve used his X-Carve to make the guitar’s body, neck, fretboard and fret slot inlays. What makes Steve’s project unique is that it combines the precision of an X-Carve with the delicacy of handwork.

The first step in creating this rockstar guitar was to carve the body. Using Easel to design the outline and inner cavities of the body, Steve then used his X-Carve to carve the body out of birch.

Once the carving of the guitar's body was complete, it was onto the neck and fretboard. Instead of using birch again, Steve decided to shake things up and throw hard maple into the mix. He was able to carve the neck of the guitar in one carving session but had to divide the fret slots and fretboard into two different carving sessions.
Next, Steve carved ten ¼ inch markers and ten ⅛ inch markers out of walnut. He used CA glue to install the ¼…