The Nomad CNC milling machine

With two days remaining on a funding goal of $30,000, the Nomad 883 has been warmly welcomed by the personal manufacturing community, surpassing $470,000 thus far. An aluminum-framed CNC milling machine fully enclosed in either Bamboo or HDPE, the Nomad comes with both the hardware and software necessary to get started.

Close upCarbide 3D, the Nomad's designers, have clearly found a magic price point. Even this late into the campaign, the device can still be had for as little as $1,999 and when combined with the solid list of features, consumers are gobbling it up.

The Nomad is capable of working with a wide variety of materials including plastics, wood, tooling board, machinist wax, and soft metals such as aluminum and brass. It has a positioning accuracy of better than .001" and a machining area of 8" x 8" x 3". It also comes with a built-in tool-length probe for calibration, additionally used by the included software to detect custom fixtures. And thanks to a stretch goal, the Nomad has a jig for two-sided machining.

The Nomad is capable of working with a wide variety of materials

Power is applied via a brushless motor in a NEMA 17 body. The unit uses a custom spindle and speed control specifically designed for it, operating from 2,000 to 12,000 RPM. It has an ER-11A 1/8" collet on the spindle that can accommodate shanks ranging from 1/32" to 5/16". ERA-11A is non-proprietary, so collets and bits can be purchased from common retailers.

The included MeshCAM software is capable of importing STL, so if you can make a file for 3D printing, you can make a file for the Nomad. The other importable formats are DXF, BMP, JPG, PNG and TIFF, which means you can feed the machine files created in both 3D and 2D programs.

An Inner Circle upgrade option is available that includes a Mega Pack of more than 70 additional material samples and 40 cutters, a machining vise and MeshCAM Pro.

Those interested in PCB cutting are also being considered. "Some people have the need and ability to make PCB boards, so we are also working to create a pack to cater to these users, PCB Blanks and T1 style V-bits," said Apollo Crowe of Carbide 3D.

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