Compact and quiet with a simple game-like interface.
A sure sign that CNC routing is catching on with woodworkers is the increasing number of benchtop CNC machines that are available.
With its retro paint job and computer game-like interface, the Click-N-Carve—one of the newest benchtop machines—features a contemporary approach. Beyond its looks, the Click-and-Carve is an entry-level model that’s simple and straightforward to operate. It runs quieter than most electric hand drills and functions pretty much as its name implies—you click and it carves.
The Click-N-Carve’s design software converts photos into relief carvings with only a few mouse clicks. As with most photo-to-carving software, dark areas carve deep and light areas are left high. That means the results are highly dependent on the contrast levels in the photo. One of Click-N-Carve’s editing features allows you to raise selected sections of a photo image, such as the hair or clothing. The results aren’t perfect, but photo-to-carving software is a developing technology and is sure to get better in the future.
The Click-N-Carve is best suited for light-duty relief carving in wood and hard plastics, partly because it uses small 4mm dia. bits. The machine’s software does however, accept 2D vector line art, 3D models, and even g-code created by other software packages—a laudable feature.
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