Carbide 3D Nomad 883 pro

The Nomad 883 broke new ground in desktop CNC machines when it was released in 2014. The Nomad was the first machine in it’s class to be delivered ready-to-run, with everything included. Heading in to 2016, we decided to apply two years of lessons learned to make the Nomad 883 even better.


Fully Enclosed

The Nomad 883 comes fully enclosed in either HDPE
or Bamboo to contain both dust and noise.

With the enclosure closed, it’s possible to put the Nomad in your home or office and not worry about making a mess. A small shop vac is all you need. 

Tool Length Measurement

Calibrating tool length is always a pain on a desktop CNC machine- they typically lack the automation found in big industrial machines.

For the Nomad, we designed an accurate and easy way to automatically measure the tool length before cutting anything. It’s completely integrated into our machine and software so it’s all done during the cutting process.

Custom Made Spindle

We designed our own spindle specifically for desktop machining. The quick specs:

  • 10,000 RPM
  • Sealed ball bearings
  • ER-11 Collet
  • Brushless DC motor
  • Custom drive electronics

For the Nomad 883 Pro, we’ve reworked the spindle electronics and firmware to make it smoother and more reliable.

It’s remains the most durable and quiet spindle you’ll find on a desktop machine.

3D CAM Included


The Nomad 883 Pro includes MeshCAM, easy-to-use 3D CAM software.

MeshCAM takes an standard STL file from your CAD program and generates a toolpath with minimal input from you. If there’s an easier way to generate a 3D toolpath, we’re not aware of it.


2D CAD /CAM Included

The Nomad 883 Pro also comes with Carbide Create, our own 2D CAD/CAM software.

Draw your own parts in Carbide Create, or import a DXF file from your CAD program and use it to create the toolpaths.

Carbide Create is easy enough for beginners to CNC, but powerful enough that you won’t outgrow it. We wrote it from scratch for our machines, we didn’t license it from another company.

Support for Windows and Mac

We support both Windows and Mac for all of our software.

We think you should be able to use whatever computer you want, and we do everything we can to support them both equally.

Built-in Fixture Options

One of the most difficult things about machining is figuring out how to hold the parts you’re trying to machine, and that was something we wanted to tackle from the start.

We make a range of fixturing accessories that are built to connect right to the machine.

  • Low profile vise
  • Flip jig
  • Wasteboards


Anti-Backlash Lead Screws

To make the Nomad 883 Pro as accurate as possible, we use leadscrews with anti-backlash nuts for the X and Y axis.

We use a very fast pitch to make sure that the Nomad 883 Pro is capable of high speeds for efficient 3D machining.

Fits on Your Desktop

The Nomad 883 Pro has a 20 x 20 inch footprint so it fits on almost any common desktop or bench top.

For the Pro, we made a number of changes to slim down the design without changing the cutting area.

Custom Electronics

The Nomad 883 Pro electronics are all new, and like the previous versions, designed by us specifically for our machines.

We do everything we can to increase reliability and to manage the heat from the motor drivers. We’ve literally argued over individual PCB traces but the results speak for themselves.

Travel (X) 8 in
Travel (Y) 8 in 
Travel (Z) 3 in
Max Speed (X, Y) 100 in/min
Max Speed (Z) 50 in/min
Mechanical Resolution 5 in
Mechanical Repeatability 15 in
Mechanical Accuracy 5 in/ft
Spindle Power 50 Watt
Spindle Speed 2000 - 10000 RPM
Spindle Collet ER-11
Max Cutter Diameter 1/4 in
Power Supply 240 Watt
Voltage 120/240 Volt
Weight 60 lbs
Computer Interface USB


Operating Systems:

 Windows 7,8.1, 10, OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11

    Software Licenses Included:

    • Carbide Motion
    • Carbide Create
    • MeshCAM


    Items Included:


    • Power supply
    • USB cable
    • 1/8” ER-11 collet
    • Collet wrenches
    • 1/8” Carbide Cutter
    • Double-side tape
    • 1/2” MDF wasteboard

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