Frequent Answers & Questions
Fox Basic CNC Kit
Fox Basic milling machine mounting kit comes with everything you need to set it up and get started easily and quickly. You’ll find the Assembly Manual and the First Steps Guide in the Downloads section as well as in the box, along with the machine pieces.
What kind of software do I need? Where can I get it?
To use your Fox Basic, you’ll need two different programs:
- A design program where you’ll create new projects (Inkscape or a different one) and
- A control program through which you’ll operate the machine and send finished projects to it (NomadPanel).
You’ll find both programs in the Downloads section.
What does the package include?
Fox Basic kit is sent in two cardboard boxes:
- 1x - 50x 30x 20cm, 10kg and
- 1x - 11x11x105cm, 15kg for Fox Basic S / 11x11x150cm, 20kg for Fox Basic M
In the boxes you’ll find
- 1x Mounting parts kit
- 1x Aluminum profiling kit
- 1x USB cable
- 1x Power supply cable
- 1x Electronics pack
|Fox Basic S||Fox Basic M|
|Maximum work area length||700 mm||1200mm|
|Maximum work area width||500 mm||750 mm|
|Maximum material height||125 mm – tool length|
|Total length of the machine||1030 mm||1425 mm|
|Total width of the machine||820 mm||1080 mm|
|Total height of the machine||390 mm|
What materials can Fox Basic cut? Engrave?
Generally speaking, it’s safe to assume that Fox Basic will cut/engrave whatever its milling motor can cut (taking as a reference Makita 700W milling motor that we recommend).
- Hardwoods (maple, ash, basswood, birch, cherry, walnut, poplar, oak...)
- Softwoods (pine, cedar, balsa, fir...)
- Plastics (ABS, PC, PMMA, nylon, HDPE, LDPE, PP, PET, and PVC, PE and PUs)
- Synthetics & composites (AluPanel, polyurethane resins with fillers, carbon fiber and foams)
- Non-ferrous metals (aluminum, brass and copper)
More questions about Fox Basic CNC Kit
What milling motor can I use?
Fox Basic is designed to be used with a Ø65mm milling head.
We recommend Makita 700W milling head (available on the web when completing your purchase), but it’s not the only one you can use.
Can I swap a laser for a milling motor?
It is not possible since the mechanical and electronic requirements for milling and laser machines are totally different.
Milling machine mechanics must be firm and robust to withstand the weight and vibrations of the milling head. A laser cutter and engraver, by contrast, is lighter because it should be able to move the laser beam nimbly and in a constantly changing direction.
Our philosophy is to create optimized machines for each purpose. For this reason, each NomadTech product has special and unique electronics, mechanics, software and chassis which are adapted to its function.
Can I mill objects that stick out of the work area?
Of course you can! When milling, always make sure that you’ve adjusted and fastened the workpiece correctly. That’s the only requirement, so the fact that the workpiece sticks out from the machine’s base wouldn’t be a problem. Even really big objects can be milled by taking reference points and moving the working area.
Where can I buy spare milling and engraving bits / tools?
There’re dozens of industry supplies shops and stores where one can find cutting tools. Have in mind that each material requires different specs. Feel free to skim through our quick guide or reach us out through our Sales Team by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. .
Apart from the design program included in the package, our CNC milling machines are compatible with the most popular CAM software products, such as Aspire, RhinoCAM, VCarve, etc.