Posted March 1, 2018

Squid Bishop added to 10th Anniversary Commemorative Chess Set

Yes, that's right, it's a squid!

Next Wave Automation’s celebration of the 10th Anniversary of its “CNC Shark” continues in March with the Squid Bishop chess piece.

The company is offering free instructions and VCarve files for making a complete commemorative chess set with the CNC Shark and pieces are revealed as a project each month until the entire set has been created. This month’s project is the Squid Bishop.

Previously posted – and still available on the company website - Commemorative Chess Set projects include the chess board, Lighthouse Rook, Piranha Pawn and Seahorse Knight.

“The entire Commemorative Chess Set is a really fun project,” says Tim Owens, founder and CEO. “It perfectly illustrates some of the intricate detail and creativity woodworkers can achieve with CNCs.”

Since the introduction of the CNC Shark in 2007, Next Wave Automation has introduced and entire line of Desktop CNC machines and accessories and has won several industry awards for its innovative products. Next Wave Automation products are distributed across the United States by an ever-expanding dealer network.

Available now, at no charge on, are downloadable instructions and design files for the chess board. Each month, Next Wave Automation will upload instructions and design files for a chess piece each month.

Next Wave Automation manufactures a full line of CNC machines for hobbyists and small wood shops, ranging from the CNC Piranha to the CNC HD4 Extended. The commemorative chess set can be made using any of the company’s CNC models by taking advantage of the double-sided machining available in Vectric’s New V9 Software.

For more information about Next Wave Automation, go to or call 419-318-4822.