CAMaster Stinger Review

CAMaster Stinger CNC series represents a significant step forward in CNC router technology. Designed for versatility and precision, the Stinger is tailored to cater to a wide range of industries, from woodworking to plastics and non-ferrous metal fabrication. 

This incredible machine, constructed on a robust steel frame, aims to deliver industrial-grade performance and quality while maintaining an accessible price point for manufacturers and workshops of all sizes.


CNC Router Machine

Stinger Overview

The Stinger series from CAMaster is a testament to the company’s commitment to delivering top-notch quality and performance in CNC routing technology. The series is available in two distinct sizes – the compact 4’x4’ Stinger II and the more expansive 4’x8’ Stinger III, making it highly versatile and capable of handling a wide range of projects and materials. 

The Stinger series is suitable for intricate woodworking, precise cutting of non-ferrous metals, or shaping plastics, engineered to meet the diverse demands of both professional and hobbyist workshops. Manufactured in the USA, each Stinger router underscores a commitment to precision, durability, and cutting-edge technological innovation. 

The Stinger CNC series offers features that enhance accuracy, extend longevity, and streamline operations, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to push the boundaries of what’s possible in their creative and manufacturing endeavors. It’s not just a tool but also a transformative solution that elevates craftsmanship and operational efficiency.


Product Features and Specifications

The Stinger series is an exceptional tool that meets the needs of both industries and hobbyists who demand excellence and reliability in their machining operations. It is equipped to handle a variety of materials with precision and ease.

The CNC machine features a heavy-duty steel frame construction that ensures stability and rigidity for vibration-free machining, resulting in more precise cuts and longer machine life. It comes with a 3.5 HP Milwaukee router for 110-volt customers, with options for 220-volt upgrades, including 1, 1.7, and 3 KW HSD air-cooled spindles, catering to diverse material cutting needs.

The advanced control system features a Centroid Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which replaces outdated technologies with digital communication, enhancing machine resolution and finish quality. With rapid speeds up to 850 Inches Per Minute (IPM) and cut speeds up to 400 IPM, the CNC machine offers efficient and precise machining with a repeatability of +/- 0.001”.

The machine’s steel frame with aluminum gantry and side assemblies ensures durability and precision-milled frame and can perform for years. It has numerous cutting head upgrades and can cut various materials, including wood, non-ferrous metals, plastics, and more.

Innovative features of the Stinger series include a new 3D printed magnetic dust boot for easy dust management, anti-backlash transmissions, and powerful Nema 34 stepper motors, with an optional servo drive upgrade. It comes with VCarve Pro Design software and lifetime technical support, ensuring users have the resources they need for successful projects.

These features and specifications of the CAMaster Stinger are summarized in Table 1 below.


Table 1. Summary of features and specifications of the Stinger.

Specification Stinger II (4’x4′) Stinger III (4’x8′)
Work Area 1219.2 x 1219.2 mm 1219.2 x 2438.4 mm
Drive Type Anti-backlash Drive System Anti-backlash Drive System
Control Board Centroid PLC with Ethernet Centroid PLC with Ethernet
Stepper Motor Nema 34, Optional Servo Upgrade Nema 34, Optional Servo Upgrade
Stepper Motor Drive High Definition Digital Microstep High Definition Digital Microstep
Spindle 3.5 HP Milwaukee Router Standard, Options for HSD Air-cooled Spindles (1, 1.7, 3 KW) 3.5 HP Milwaukee Router Standard, Options for HSD Air-cooled Spindles (1, 1.7, 3 KW)
Power 110V Standard, 220V Options 110V Standard, 220V Options
Max Motion Speed 850 IPM 850 IPM
Max Process Speed 400 IPM 400 IPM
Accuracy ±0.001” Repeatability ±0.001” Repeatability
Limit Switch Yes, on all Axes Yes, on all Axes
E-Stop Yes Yes
Z-Probe Z-Zeroing Plate Z-Zeroing Plate
Software Vectric VCarve Pro Design Vectric VCarve Pro Design
Laser Support for 7W or 14W Diode Laser (Optional) Support for 7W or 14W Diode Laser (Optional)
Operating System Control PC runs Windows 11 PRO Control PC runs Windows 11 PRO
Machine Weight Not specified, Shipping Weight: 1750 lbs. Not specified, Shipping Weight: 2200 lbs.
Overall Machine Size 67” x 78” 67″ x 126″

Customization and Upgrades

The CAMaster Stinger CNC series offers an impressive array of optional features and upgrades designed to enhance the versatility and performance of the CNC machine, catering to a broad spectrum of materials and applications. 

Here’s a summary of these optional features:

  • Recoil Indexing Lathe: Mounted on the side for non-interfering storage, it supports carving of stock up to 10” diameter and 48” length for Stinger 4’x4’, and up to 12” diameter and 96” length for Stinger 4’x8’. It includes a headstock, tailstock, rails, and motor/drive system, ready for future upgrades with a 4th-axis controller installed.
  • Counter-Balance: An air cylinder that assists the router/spindle in returning to the “up” position, reducing the load on the Z-axis drive motor. It requires compressed air to operate.
  • Fast Tool Change (FTC): Designed for safety and efficiency in frequent tool changes, it includes a micro touch plate for automatic tool length measurement.
  • Laser Cross Hair: A high-strength red diode that projects a crosshair on the material, aiding in the precise setup of the spindle’s starting position.
  • Phenolic Tabletop: Offers advantages over the standard MDF top, including resistance to moisture from lubricants used in cutting non-ferrous metals and better suitability for vacuum tables due to its non-porous nature.
  • T-Slot Clamping Table: Includes five aluminum T-Slot tracks with four clamps for flexible securing of various workpiece sizes.
  • Vacuum Tabletop: Enhances workpiece stability with a vacuum pump system, available in MDF or Phenolic options, for efficient workpiece changes.
  • Hurricane and Cyclone Vacuum Systems: Single-phase systems designed for small shops, offering significant airflow and vacuum pressure without the need for expensive power solutions.
  • Training Options: CAMaster provides training in software and machine operation, available at the customer’s location, CAMaster’s location in Cartersville, GA, or online.
  • Other optional upgrades:
    • Spindle upgrade options
    • Servo upgrade
    • Laser engraver
    • Mister system
    • Maintenance kit
    • Remote handheld keypad
    • 10-piece starter bit set

Performance and Precision

The Stinger is a powerful and precise machine that delivers exceptional performance and accuracy. Its advanced control system and high-resolution capabilities allow for smoother operation and higher-quality finishes with minimal tear-out. 


Eliminating ribbon cables and adopting a modern PLC ensure optimal efficiency and precision directly off the machine. Additionally, the Stinger is equipped with anti-backlash transmissions and Nema 34 stepper motors, providing ample power to handle a variety of materials with ease.


Plywood Cutting

When it comes to cutting plywood, the Stinger’s sturdy construction and high-powered spindle enable precise and clean cuts through sheets of various thicknesses. Its advanced control system ensures smooth operation while minimizing tear-out and consistently delivering accurate dimensions.


MDF Carving

For routing intricate designs on MDF, the Stinger’s anti-backlash transmissions and Nema 34 stepper motors maintain precise control over tool movement, resulting in crisp details and smooth contours. Its high-resolution capabilities guarantee fidelity to the original design.


Cutting Plywood Bookshelves

Whether cutting intricate joinery or engraving decorative elements on a plywood bookshelf, the Stinger’s performance remains unmatched. Its powerful spindle and advanced control system ensure precise cuts and smooth finishes, even on complex shapes and edges.


Routing Acrylic Letters

Acrylic requires careful handling to prevent chipping and melting. The Stinger’s high-resolution capabilities and anti-backlash transmissions ensure clean cuts and crisp edges, maintaining the integrity of the material and producing professional-quality letters and shapes.


Routing Aluminum Composite Materials (ACM)

When routing ACM (Aluminum Composite Material), the Stinger’s powerful spindle and rigid construction allow for efficient machining of panels, achieving precise cuts and smooth edges without compromising durability.


Creating Hardwood Inlays



Creating hardwood inlays demands precision and attention to detail. The Stinger’s advanced control system and its servo drive upgrade option provide the accuracy required for seamless integration of inlays into various wood surfaces, enhancing aesthetics and craftsmanship.


Ease of Use and Setup

The CAMaster Stinger series is a user-friendly CNC router suitable for both beginners and experienced craftsmen. It comes fully assembled, eliminating complex setup procedures and allowing users to start working on their projects right away. 

The VCarve Pro Design software is intuitive and streamlines design and machining processes, making them more accessible and less time-consuming. The 3D-printed magnetic dust boot is a great addition that eases maintenance and efficiently manages debris. 

Users can also opt for a wireless handheld controller that provides unprecedented control and flexibility. The Stinger series is user-friendly and easy to set up, ensuring a seamless and productive machining experience.


Build Quality and Durability

The CAMaster Stinger is an exceptional example of superior craftsmanship, showcasing meticulous attention to detail. 

With a precision-milled steel frame complemented by aluminum gantry and side assemblies, this machine offers unparalleled rigidity and strength. Its robust construction ensures consistent performance and guarantees longevity, even with heavy use. 

CAMaster’s commitment to using high-quality materials and advanced manufacturing techniques is evident in each Stinger machine, making it a reliable and durable choice. 


Value for Money and Customer Support

The Stinger is an excellent choice that offers a broad range of features and upgrades. CAMaster is committed to delivering affordability without compromising quality, which is evident in Stinger’s advanced technology and build quality. 

Additionally, the lifetime technical support and service provided by CAMaster highlight their dedication to customer satisfaction. This makes the Stinger an investment well supported beyond the initial purchase, making it an excellent value-for-money option.


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