RAVEN is the biggest leap forward in tech since our initial product release in 2006. RAVEN’s ease-of-use and reliability put it into an entirely different class than any previous model. Although the concept and some of the parts might look similar, this is unlike any other CarveWright CNC in many ways. Literally every sensor and component that caused issues with user operation have been removed and replaced with simpler maintenance free solutions. Combine that with the changes to the software and this system is an entirely new experience.
RAVEN has an upgraded feed-through system called AccuTrack. It uses a combination of built-in weight measurement to ensure perfect clamping pressure, our dual-traction conveyor to move material in and out of the machine, and a reusable tracking belt that locks in to ensure that operations are always accurate and completely repeatable.
Accutrack Belt and Tracking Sensor
AccuTrack Belt will come in 5 meter rolls (estimated MSRP $19.99)
Raven’s air-cooled brushless spindle motor has a high power-to-weight ratio, which increases efficiency and reliability while offering a large operational speed range. With no brush and commutator, it also has significantly lower maintenance requirements.
The Raven CNC’s ServoSmart2 controller is now positioned entirely in the keypad. It is much faster and with significantly more memory than the previous controller. It also now uses USB flash drives for its file transfer. Like the previous ServoSmart controller, It still supports five feedback loops where it gets realtime information supplied by the servos, tracking encoder, and now, the brushless spindle motor. Because of this feedback, it can carve significantly faster and more aggressively than any other comparable CNC system.
Since there is no board sensor to detect edges and measure the project, we have moved much of the project setup decisions to the project compiling process. This process will allow you to define jigs and answer some positioning questions. It will even tell you exactly what the minimum size board you will need based on your design. There are no more stay-under-rollers or other positioning questions at the machine. All projects will index from the back keypad side corner and will automatically stay under rollers.
The Bit Builder will give users the ability to add new or custom configure existing bits. This will allow for ultimate control over all the speed, feed, and spindle settings for every bit. Custom bits can be stored globally in your system or are stored on a project level. This means if someone designs a project with a specific bit setting and they share that project, the bit setting will come automatically with the project. This will open the door to a huge number of operations not available to the CX and previous models.
Designer 5, the creative software that will ship with every RAVEN, continues to add new features. The latest tool is called Edit Tabs and it allows users to add, delete, and move the tabs along their cut paths. It even indicates where the start point of the cut path is and allows you to change its direction.
Watch how the AccuTrack belt works and then see a quick project that covers RAVEN’s ability to change bit settings, the new positioning process during compile, and the simple no hassle project setup and the machine. This is truly a different experience than any CarveWright you’ve ever seen.
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