Nomad 883 Pro for Jewelry making

I want to chat with someone who uses the Nomad to make jewelry. Please help!

Thank you

I’ve made a few keychains and necklaces and a fancy dogtag. Also seen other people use the nomad to mill wax for casting. Anything in particular you are wanting to know?


I’ve only done flatwork so far, the Nomad is awesome for this. It is precise and repeatable, I’ve used it with metal, wood, mother of pearl and more. The Uffington horse pictured is about 2x real size, any irregularities in the profile are intentional. Excuse the imperfections in the enamel work, it’s my first.

In the jack rabbit box inlay, the moon is about the size of a dime. With care, you can use bits as small as 0.18 mm. The engraving on the hare was also done with the Nomad using a spring loaded drag bit. The inlaid snag was done with straight bits, more amenable for jewerly than the currently popular V method folks here use with wood. With care, a perfect fit, no matte lines (as we used to call them in the days of film SFX).


Hi Josh, Thank you so much for the quick response. I am contemplating between buying the Nomad or the Bantam to cut intricate patterns in flat sheet of metal preferably brass and or Silver. I have heard great things about the Nomad and I was hoping if you could advise me as a fellow jewelry maker what to expect and that to avoid. Respectfully! Thank you

Wow Byrne, your work looks fantastic especially your enamel work. My question is why would you recommend the Nomad to Bantam as a jeweler. The parts I want to cut on brass or silver are very intricate. So as a fellow jeweler which tools or clamps should I buy along side the Nomad.

We have a couple of threads where jewelers have discussed using the Nomad:

as well as:

Unfortunately, jewelers have been quite private in their work and not many have commented on it (we sell the machines through Rio Grande, and I don’t think we’ve gotten more than 3 support tickets from purchases there).

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Oh, I’m coming at it from the I like making things with my robot, hey let me make some jewelry bits.

Cutting patterns in flat sheet stock is pretty straightforward. Either machine should get you there (though the Nomad is like 1K cheaper.
Winston put up a video on doing some stuff in silver:


Brass is pretty easy to do. I haven’t done silver yet. Brass projects have been wax seal stamps and branding irons so far.

Most of the stuff I see jewelry related is instagram tags. This person has a nomad 3 and has done some wax casting:

This person has done a bunch of random stuff as well:

More people:

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If you’re working with flat pieces, the principal hold down method used by many folks here, me included, is to use masking tape and cyanacrylate glue (CA).

Tape one piece to the underside of your stock, tape another to the spoilboard. Burnish both tapes to insure good adhesion. Trim the tape on the stock if you want but leave enough to help peel it away when done.) Run a few beads of CA glue on one of the tapes and press together.

Since I typically work with small stock, I’ve customized the spoilboard. I removed it and machined the underside to accomodate 4 T-nuts. From above, with the spoilboard installed, I can then attach, with inset screws to that main spoilboard, smaller boards which are easier to replace and tram. These mini-spoilblards can be customized. Glue an L-shaped piece onto one to act as a fence if you need to return a piece to the Nomad, this can facilitate orientation. I also buiilt a plexiglass moat atop another for machining mother of pearl keeping the MOP under water (dangerous dust).

Oops, sorry I missed the Bantam part. I have no knowledge of the Bantam. I went with the Nomad after extensively searching for a machine that was Mac friendly. Be sure to check out support as well as the machine. The folks on this forum are very helpful, Carbide support is also top notch.


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