Total newbie here I would like to 3 d carve can you do this with easel?
The xcarve will carve 2.5d projects but you will need another program to create the 2.5d drawing and a postprosser to send it to the machine. You can not draw 2.5d in Easel.
The X-Carve will actually carve 3D projects, but as @WayneHall mentioned you will need to design in an outside program as well as generate the GCode in a capable program as well.
In short, the machine is capable of simultaneous X,Y, and Z axis, but Easel is not capable of designing or producing cam operations for this.
Dennis, the video linked below contains an example where I used MeshCAM (paid CAM program) to generate the 3D toolpaths to machine my desired clamp (its front slope makes it a 3D job) and then imported the GCode for each toolpath into Easel to run the job.
I use Fusion360 for the CAD&CAM, then use Easel (or UGS) to transmit the code to the machine.
F360 have a steep learning curve but if one get past that its very powerful.