Carvey pilot product run was a success!

We’d like to give you a quick update on the two issues we reported last time.

The new LED boards came in, and they work flawlessly. We’re really happy with the brightness and function.
New LED Board with Fixed Panels

We received the second set of Acrylic Door Panels to replace the ones that were initially broken in shipment. The vendor’s packaging improved but is still not 100% up to our satisfaction. 5 of the 30 panels arrived broken again, and there were issues with the size and finish. We are working with the supplier to find the root cause of these problems, and we will get a corrective action implemented as soon as possible.
Acrylic Door Panel Broken in Shipment

The Inventables engineering team has been back and forth to our contract manufacturer a lot this past week, helping them get up to speed with the first Carvey pilot production build.

The process worked like this:
  • Our engineer Bart worked alongside the manufacturing engineer to build a Carvey at the facility, discussing issues as they came up
  • The manufacturers then spent the next few days tearing it down again and documenting their process
  • The manufacturer built two Carveys according to their documented process
  • Bart got the call that they were finished and went out to inspect the final result

Here are a few photos from that visit:

The Carvey manufacturing line.

Bart inspecting one of the finished units.

A third in-progress machine and the Carvey parts bins.

One of the finished machines in raw aluminum. If we had waited for anodizing to be finished, this production run would have been delayed several weeks, so we decided to split the processes and work each one in parallel. We will be receiving a set of anodized parts shortly and will be making final decisions on the color and finish.

The new connectorized controller board and wiring harness. Look at those clean wires!

The front panel button, with wiring and connector attached.

We brought one of the finished machines back to the Inventables workshop, and Bart and Tait are already at work testing the electronics and inspecting the assembly. Early reports are that it works perfectly!


Overall, we’re very impressed with the manufacturer’s work so far. These first units look great and they’ve already provided us valuable feedback to help make the manufacturing process easier and more efficient.

Expect to see some video over the next few weeks as we continue testing this new Carvey’s performance!

Next steps:

  • Run tests on the machine. Tait will be putting this new Carvey through its paces over the next several days, running 3D Carving jobs designed to test the limits of what the machine can do. We’ll be documenting those tests and sharing the results with you all.
  • We received a lot of great feedback from the manufacturer as to how the design of the machine can be improved, to cut costs and to make it easier to assemble. We are discussing how to integrate these suggestions into the next round of revisions.

Thank you again for being a part of this process, and stay tuned for upcoming Carvey test videos!


Zach and the Inventables team


JDM929 said…
I think that acrylic really should be polycarbonate. If a bit or clamp fails, you don't want a bit or part hitting the panel and shattering it and hurting people.

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