Raw 1.5 CNC kit 990x990mm with belt drive

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Product Description

Raw 1.5 CNC kit 990x990cm with belt drive for pro or hobby.

We only sell a few of these kits as imports are severely limited. Some parts take a long time to get and the delivery time is between 2-3 weeks at the moment.

This machine is very strong compared to other CNC machines in this price range. The machine has steel reinforcements and quality parts and a real Z-axis construction.A complete Raw 1.5 weighs between 40-50 kg and is not made of weak plastic parts and 6 mm thin timing belts.

To describe a machine like this requires a lot of text so here is a summary, more advanced text below 

  • This is a CNC machine DIY kit that comes with everything you need except for a waste table (The black table seen in the picture above) We don’t include this due to high shipping costs. We have a guide on our site on how to make your own once the machine is ready. Since this is a kit, you have to do most yourself using our video instructions and illustrations.
  • You can buy the machine with or without electronics. If you choose to include the electronics, everything you need for the electronics is included. Mounting the electronics is very easy, just follow the instructions. The electronics are low current after the transformer itself and completely harmless. Read more about the electronics below if you are new to this. You can use whatever electronics you want if it is for Nema 23 motors.
  • You will also need a router or a spindle with inverter. You can use any router if it has a round shaft. You can even use a Dremel or another engraving tool if you are cutting soft materials.
  • If you choose the kit without electronics then no electronic parts will be included like cables, cable chain and other parts. LED light and switches are always included in the kit. Without electronics you will get a complete machine but without any electronics at all.
  • All plates are threaded but you have to thread your profiles with a M5 tap as they are sent directly from the factory, instructions are avalible on our website. The plates are laser cut which means you have to sand them up if you are going to paint them.
  • If you buy any other DIY machine on the market it comes in pieces just like this machine. We call this machine a kit, because that’s what it is. This machine may have more parts and requires more assemble, but it’s worth it. You will get a machine with quality parts and much stronger than others.
  • We do not know anyone who failed to get their kit together.

Once you purchase a kit you will get access to all the articles and video instructions on the site. It will take a few days to assemble the machine but it’s easy with instructions, just follow along. If you get stuck, we are one e-mail or phone call away to assist you.


Steel Reinforcements
Raw is designed so you can reinforce your machine with steel to make it super strong. A steel bar for the X-axis is included in the kit. Reinforcements for the Y and A axis are not included in the kit and are not needed for smaller machines. To strengthen the Y and A axis, you need a 40x40x3-4mm angle bar. Look at the drawings for instructions when you receive your kit. The Y and A axis need reinforcements for machines longer than 100 cm. When the steel reinforcements are in place, a Raw 1.5 is so strong and sturdy that a full-grown person can stand on the X-axis while cutting. Angle steel can be found online or in a well-stocked hardware store or construction store.

Racks or timing belts?
A raw can handle both. This kit comes with a complete set of timing belts with pulleys. Timing belts works very well for machines under 100 cm if the timing belt is wide and steel reinforced as the one we use. You can cut everything with a timing belt machine as a rack machine can such as aluminum, wood and plastic. Racks are used for higher speeds and machines longer / wider than 100cm. If you require finer details, then timing belt is recommended. A rack machine is stronger and can take higher loads but does not have the same accuracy as timing belts. If you plan to cut wood, you won’t notice any difference between racks and timing belts.

What can i cut with a Raw 1.5
Soft wood, hardwood, particleboard, Mdf, plastic, aluminum, copper, 3D cutting, engraving and much more.

Is it difficult to build the machine?
If you’re something handy, it’s not difficult at all, follow the video instructions as well as the illustrations. The electronics can seem daunting but it’s very simple, look at our video and you’ll see what it takes to assemble the electronics.

Video instructions and illustrations

All steps are carefully documented with illustrations and video instructions. You will find all instructions on how to build the machine here:

Is it difficult to operate the machine?
It’s always tricky to do something new but after cutting your first part you will understand how to do it. Once you know how to do it is very easy.

Below we list the different options. There is a lot to read and can look complicated but it’s easy. If you are confused or do not have the time to build a machine, we also sell assembled machines.

Different options (Click on the tabs)

A consumption or waste table is the table itself where you tighten the piece, and which is replaced occasionally if it is worn. We don’t include a waste table to this kit due to high shipping costs. You can easily cut your own waste table once your machine is buildt, look at the instructions over at the article section. We have clamps (to fasten the work piece to the table) as a separate product or make them yourself.

Valchromat is a more durable MDF that is translucent. If you treat Valchromat with oil, it will become waterproof and perfect as a table for a CNC machine that can get wet when you cut aluminum, for example. Valchromat is sold all over Europe and you should be able to find that. If not, you can use regular 12mm MDF


We use two types of electronics, a modern and a little older. The older driver version is better but requires an older computer with printer port. or a special USB adapter that converts the LPT signals to USB. (click on the link for more info). Read more below.

Arduino+CNC shield elektronics

Arduino with CNC shield is a simpler version of CNC electronics and can be used with any computer that has a USB port. These electronics has some limitations, such as handling multiple switches and zeroing plates found on our other machines. You can do well without these features if you only cut from time to time. Arduino cannot handle 2 switches at the same time, so it is not possible to calibrate the machine 90 degrees at startup, but it is easy to do it manually. It is usually this kind of electronics that comes with other DIY kits on the market.

CNC shield is not capable of having an advanced touch-off plate (Zeroing plate), so you have to start the machine from the surface of the material you cut, which is the way most people work anyway. Touch-off plate is a feature that is not needed, and you can do well without it. If you want a more advanced machine, look at Driver Electronics. You can also upgrade your electronics afterwards if you notice that you need a more advanced machine. Any upgrading requires upgrading of motors and other electronics.

Driver elektronics

Drivers with Breakout Board are the most professional electronics you can have for these types of machines. They are more expensive and require an older computer with printer port and 32Bit Windows operating system (if you run Mach3 software) or a special USB adapter that converts the LPT signals to USB. (click on the link for more info).

Some of the benefits of drivers are that the machine gets much stronger and has many more features like advanced touch-off plate (reset plate), calibration switches, on and off spindle, laser and plasma functions. The range of software is much larger and you can also use software that the industry uses.

If you choose Driver Electronics, you will be able to calibrate your machine so that it starts at 90-degree angle and you can also have an advanced touch off plate that we offer as a separate product or you can make your own. Read here what you need to run drivers electronics

You can look at our website which drivers we use.

You can upgrade the electronics on your machine at any time. As soon as something new is on the market, just upgrade, your machine is compatible with all electronics designed for Nema 23 motors.

Driver elektronics with USB
There are not many adapters that can handle this and we only know one that works well, read more here

If you include electronics in your kit, we include a simple electronic box for the respective electronics. For Arduino, it means a bottom and a top with aluminum profiles as a frame. You can start with this box and then cut out a more advanced one if you want. The box is very simple so you get started and can move on from there.


Has a more advanced box with the possibility of having DIN connectors and power switch. We do not include DIN contacts and power switches in the basic package, but they can be purchased if you want it. You can do well without this and is only an option for anyone who wants it. The only thing to keep in mind is to be careful and if you happen to break anything you have to buy new parts. We have no warranty on electrical components as it is beyond our control of how it is mounted.

Choose between trapezoidal screw and ball screw. Ball screw makes your Z axis stronger and has a softer movement. The screw is changed from the trapezoidal screw to a 16 mm ball screw with nut and housing. The block bearings are more widely spaced in all directions to stabilize the unit. The new Z-axis unit is 4-5cm longer than the standard Z-axis. Choose trapezoidal screw if you cut at hobby level while ball screw is for you who cut more professionally.

Spindle or router is sold as a separate product. You can have a regular edge cutter from Dewalt, Makita or Bosch or a better spindle with inverter. We recomend spindles, they are more precise and extreamly quiet.

Software for Arduino
You can download a demo version of Estlcam which is a very easy program to learn. With Estlcam you can cut in both 2D and 3D and the price of the software is very cheap compared to other software. You can use any software you want that supports Arduino and GRBL. Read more at Read more on this page:

Software for Drivers
For drivers we use a software called Mach3, there is also a newer version, Mach4, but the 3rd is sufficient. To set up your files, you can use Estlcam as mentioned above or a more professional program such as Vcarve. Read more on this page:

Precision is a balance between the user and machine. It’s about how well your drawings are, spindle quality, spindle speed and how fast you cut. At normal speeds, the machine has a measured accuracy of about 0.2 mm. This machine is the result of many years of development. We have cut several thousand meters of material with machines like these and done it daily for many years. An aluminum machine cannot be compared to a 1-ton steel machine for 100000 Eur so do not have too high expectations. You should also not underestimate a machine like this. We have several large Swedish and foreign companies that cut with our machines in professional environments from cross country skis, hokey clubs, boats and car parts, speakers and aquarium manufacturing. We also have companies that have replaced their professional machines with ours since you can buy 50 machines like these at the price of one and if you only cut simple parts in wood, this machine is at least as good.

Who buys our machines and kits?
We have customers from all over the world from Asia to the United States and down to Africa. Those who buy our machines range from Hobbyists, companies, schools and institutions.

Payment, tax and delivery (Please read, important)
We accept bank payment and Paypal

As a EU member you need to pay Swedish tax of 25% if you don’t own a valid company. If you own a company, you will need to enter your VAT number at checkout and the tax will not be added to the price. We will check with the registry to see that you have a valid company, if not we will charge you the tax even after delivery.  If you have trouble at the check out, pleas untick the box for “Ship to a different address?” and try again. Your packet might come in two or 3 separate deliveries.

Non EU members in Europe (Norway, Switzerland for example)
The tax is not added in our shop but you will be required to pay your tax at the border. Please contact your customs for more information.


Size: Width: 1000mm (1225mm total), length: 1000mm
Cutting area:
Width: 730mm
Length: 750mm
Clearence under the z-axis: aprox. 120mm

This package without extra contains (over 500 parts)

  • 2x 8mm side plates in Aluminum
  • 4x 6mm corner plates in Aluminum
  • 1x 6mm Z-Axle plate in Aluminum
  • 1x 6mm X-Axle plate in Aluminum

  • 20×40 aluminum profiles
  • 20×60 aluminum profiles
  • 20×80 aluminum profiles
  • Steel bar for the X-axis
  • Steel bars for u-track bearings
  • All screws in different sizes
  • All nuts in different sizes
  • All washers in different sizes
  • T-nuts
  • 4x block bearing 20mm
  • 4x axle support 20mm
  • 2x 20mm steel axles 32cm
  • 1x Delrin nut with anti-backlash function
  • 1 x trapezoidal screw 32cm
  • 16x high quality U-track bearings
  • bearings 8x22x7mm
  • 2x flange bearing 10mm
  • 1x coupling
  • Timing belts 15mm and steel reinforced or Racks Mod1
  • 3x pulleys or gears 15 teeth Mod1
  • 4-12 x spacers and screws depending on machine
  • 6x brackets
  • 6x Hole plates
  • Z-axis LEDs
  • Black Valchromat Consumption Table (Optional)
  • Instructions in digital form


Electronics and box with cables (Arduino)

  • Cable Chains
  • Shielded cables 4 conductors for motors
  • Shielded cables 2 conductors for switches
  • 1x CNC Shield + UNO R3 Board + 4X DRV8825 Driver Kit
  • Power supply
  • 14x jumpers
  • 4x Nema 23 motors
  • 1x Electronics Box
  • 4 x switches
  • Dupont cables for Arduino

Electronics and box with cables (Drivers)

  • Cable Chains
  • Shielded cables 4 conductors for motors
  • Shielded cables 2 conductors for switches
  • 4x Drivers
  • Breakout board
  • 14.5A power supply
  • Printer Cable
  • 4x Nema 23 motors
  • 1x Electronics Box
  • 4 x switches

This is included in all machines with optional electronics package (compare with other manufacturers in the same price range)Strong Except 23 engines

  • Arduino or Driver Electronics
  • 15mm steel reinforced timing belts or MOD1 racks
  • High quality cable chains
  • Strong aluminum and steel plates up to 8mm in thickness
  • Ability to upgrade electronics
  • Ability to upgrade to rack drive
  • Ability to upgrade size up to 130x180cm
  • Ability to steel reinforce the A and Y axis
  • Steel reinforced X-axis
  • 100% steel bearings and steel parts and not plastic like other machines
  • A real Z-axis construction that can withstand real work. Our Z-axisis are expencive and of quality parts
  • Universal spindle holder for standard routers or spindles with about 65mm shaft
  • Shielded cables!
  • 4 Switches with cable depending on electronics
  • Led light for Z-axis with cable
  • support

To build the machine you need

  • A stable table at least 1x1m
  • Power screwdriver/drill
  • Drills 4-8mm
  • Solder pen
  • A set of Torx keys
  • A set of hex keys
  • A set of screwdrivers
  • A set of wrenches or pliers

To operate the machine, you need (Arduino version):

  • A computer with USB ports
  • Software such as Estlcam
  • Software to draw (Inkscape and Google SketchUp are free)
  • A table of the same size as the machine. Make the table a little longer for the keyboard and the screen

To operate the machine you need (Driver Version):

  • Software such as Mach3
  • Software to draw (Inkscape and Google SketchUp are free)
  • A table of the same size as the machine. Make the table a little longer for the keyboard and the screen


Here is an example of the illustrations


Here is an example of the video instructions


Building a radiator cover with a Raw CNC machine

Cutting aluminum with a standard router attached to the machine

Example of wiring the driver electronics (The easy version)

This is from a customer who is cutting a branding iron from copper. The user is CNCswede and you can find him and his work on Youtube.



Additional information


No, Arduino, Drivers

Type of Z-axis

Trapezoidal, Ballscrew

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