Not a member? You should Sign Up. Already have an account? Log In. To make the experience fit your profile, pick a username and tell us what interests you. We found and based on your interests. Choose more interests. First and foremost, this is a challenge build. I contemplated buying a Shapeoko 3, but decided that building my own could prove an interesting opportunity to grow my knowledge and skills. Build Vblog playlist.
It moves! Not to mention all the wiring done. However, I did manage to put together a short video talking about the z-axis and how it went together. Well, the machine is finally taking shape! This week I was able to get the y-axis rails and the x-axis gantry mounted and squared up to the table.
The main difficulties were dealing with a few slots that didn't line up perfectly with the threaded holes at the ends of two of the rails, and squaring the end plates to the rails. The former truly wasn't difficult just a necessity, and the latter wasn't too hard to accomplish with a bit of shimming. I'm quite happy with the progress I've been able to make, and I'm thinking I'll have the machine running under its own power by the end of June.
Hopefully that's not too ambitious. One of the more important, but less interesting parts of this CNC build is creating a flat and level surface to assemble the machine on. Since the machine is significantly heavier than my Shapeoko 2, the table structure needs to be strong enough to be part of the CNC frame. I originally planned on using 4 x 4's for the legs, but was unable to get anything satisfactory from my local lumberyard.
I settled on using some rather thin angle steel for the legs, but there's a good chance that I may have to change them out for something sturdier in the future, check out the video and you'll see what I mean. However, maybe I can figure out something to sturdy the legs up, but until then the jury's out on whether or not they'll be permanent. As far as flatness goes, I think I did fairly well. I purchased a fairly nice level with a milled surface.
Using the level I don't see any high or low spots on the table surface, so I think I did okay. I didn't get a lot done this week with the build, but I did get the time to bolt together the main part of the frame for the first time. There were a few spots where certain parts of the machine didn't want to line up exactly right.
At first I thought it might just be the floor being slightly unlevel, but after reviewing some video I shot I realized that something wasn't quite right. It's hard to explain, so I highly recommend watching the video below to see exactly what was going on. However, the long and the short of it was when I moved the gantry along the y-axis the two y-axis rails shifted quite a bit, and one of them even would lift up in the air slightly when the gantry was all the way back. After investigating I realized that the upper to rail slots on one side of the gantry didn't line up correctly with the threaded holes on the x-axis rail.
It would appear that this was a major problem that was causing what I was observing. It's very likely that there is other factors at play here, but until the machine is mounted to a table I really don't think I can work those out yet.We have forums set up here.
Most questions should be posted there. Hopefully the answers to your question will help someone in the future. Initially, a ShapeOko Google group was used for discussion. There is an effort to get a Digital Fabrication area going on StackExchangebut it needs another two dozen or so questions to be up-voted.
Build logs are the open source equivalent of the research notebook. You basically document the progress of a project, but it can be so much more.
You can collaborate with others, get feedback, have people review your work. Often feedback can save you from mistakes already made by others.
GitHub is an opensource development collaboration site which is used to house the source files for the ShapeOko project. Edward's channel on YouTube. Other ShapeOko YouTube videos. Follow ShapeOko on Twitter.
Also note that books. Since the typical workflow makes use of scalable vector graphics SVGone can leverage tools which make these to produce designs or design elements for cutting:. One can of course use a probeor laser digitizer. Design into 3D is an effort to create a systematic set of project generators for CNC projects, documenting things well enough that one would be able to draw up traditional plans using pen and pencil and fabricate an instance of a project using hand tools.
Thread generator: Thingiverse: Nut Job. Discussion of how to draw up a child's rocking chair with. Construction of an 18th-c French Mechanical Table. Notable for having a tools page which shares the underlying mechanical concepts and formulae linked to elsewhere on the wiki. Jump to: navigationsearch. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. Namespaces Page Discussion. Views Read View source View history. Shapeoko 3 Shapeoko 3 wiki page B.
I am now ready to assemble and learn Easel, I am wondering if I should upgrade to X-carve or just put it together and figure that out later. Any suggestions? Also getting one on one help is hard in small town Montana, is anybody available for the occasional phone call. I am willing to pay to trade for a guided fly-fishing or ski trip depending on the season. I upgraded my Shapeoko 2 to the X-Carve and can say that for the price it is well worth the improvements.
There are many of us here in the forum that are more than happy to help. Shapeoko 2 upgrade to the X-Carve. I would agree with Mike. I just bought the upgrade myself! I am going to do the same. I am upgrading my Shapeoko 2 mm to an X-Carve. Well worth it for the new X carriage and Z axis mount plate.Making a Shop Sign in Carbide Create w/ V-Carving - Shapeoko Project #58
Plus you get slightly more wasteboard work area due to the offset Y plates. Thanx to all. I ordered the upgrade. If so, which ones, where?
Same question applies to easel. To be honest I have not used any CAD like programs for nearly 30 years. Envelopes always worked great. Anyway I need to start with the basics and practice while waiting.Inspiration for carving your own personalized home decor.
Football Wall Art.
Resin Geode Wall Art. Toothbrush Stand. Wall Lamp. Serving Tray. Sweet Home Chicago Sign. Plexi Glass Clock. Deer Head. Magazine Holder. Wood and Corian Shaving Kit. Honeycomb Candle Holders. Pop-up Play Castle. LOVE Sign. Calligraphy Lyric Sign. Constellation Light. Sunglasses Stand. Cameo Silhouette Lamp.
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Shaving Stand. Interlocking Bed Tray. Animal Hangers.And, although we have been sharing simple projects here and there on our docs sitewe wanted to do better! So, a few months ago we started down the path of creating an entirely new sitededicated exclusively to projects made for CNC! We call this site CutRocket. Unlike the docs site though, we wanted anyone to be able to share and post their CNC projects! So, after a few weeks of development, a handful of beta testers were invited, and the real work to make the site useful, reliable, and easy to navigate began.
Since then, we have invited even more beta users and with their feedback and our priority list, we have managed to push dozens of new features to the site. Right now, the site supports Carbide CreateVectricand Fusion projects. This means that any project created in those programs can be uploaded and shared through CutRocket. There is no cost to using CutRocket and anyone who is using those software packages are welcome and encouraged to begin sharing and upload their projects!
As of Today, cutrocket. We would like to open the site up to more users, and invite all of you to head over today, get signed up, upload your best CNC project, and give us some feedback on using the site. We are really excited about cutrocket.The new Shapeoko 3…. CNC Mini Routers are all the rage these days. I got to see and hold the new Shapeoko 3 when Edward and Robert were recently in the SF Bay Area for the Maker Faire, and I can tell you it is very solid and well built for a machine in its price range.
For this article, I wanted to find a set of projects that could be done on a mini router that would be inspiring.
In addition, each one is a video, just for maximum enjoy-ability of consumption. So grab your cup of coffee, pull up a comfortable chair, and check out the possibilities these little machines bring to those who dare to try. Check out this video from the Drunken Woodworker that shows how he does inlay work with a Shapeoko:. They were just selling it, and it is now being sold by Carbide3D. The Shapeoko 3 is the latest and greatest. You can see how easy it is to do the inlay work and gather the potential for fun projects—jewelry boxes, inlaid clock faces, and all sorts of other things.
Inlay is largely 2D work.
Obviously doing the 3D modelling work for something like the dragon is going to be beyond many of us. But there are other approaches possible.
There is software available that can create a 3D model from photographs, for example. Also, any large repository of 3D models will have its share of Bas Relief-style models you could choose from. Look for elements that are available in bas relief.
For example, perhaps the crest involves a lion. Once you assemble a view of those and use the inlaying techniques already described you could make quite an elaborate family crest for a wall display or perhaps a design to go on a box.
I love music, especially rock and roll. I play keyboards and sing, but every good rocker has to appreciate an awesome custom electric guitar. Check out this neat video:. Okay, this one is potentially the most awesome yet—how about a fully operational scale model of a small block Chevy?
Check it out:. However, I can tell you from experience with G-Wizard that lots of people are cutting metal with Mini-Routers. But if you can keep the cutting forces low enough to avoid rigidity problems, you can get quite a lot done on these small machines. A number of folks have used our G-Wizard Calculator to master Feeds and Speeds for these kinds of projects. Like what you read on CNCCookbook? Get our latest blog posts delivered straight to your email inbox once a week for free.
Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Polar to Rectangular Calculator. Lean Manufacturing Course. Free Calculators and References. Free Feed Rate Calculator. Try It! Back to Homepage.The short answer is the Shapeoko has a killer price performance ratio—it offers big value for the money. I knew people really love their Shapeokos! It was a full-on effort with servos, powered drawbar, way oilers, flood enclosure, and many more mods.
I spent close to 2 years doing nothing but working on that mill in my spare time. As I was preparing to embark on a spindle upgrade plus tool changer, and bought a Tormach spindle cartridge for the project, I realized I would save a huge amount of time and be making parts sooner if I sold my existing mill and bought a Tormach.
So I did, and I have never looked back. They love to make their products better. And they study every CNC machine they can get their hands on to make sure no competitor beats them. That means it goes together easily and it performs well once you have it built.
It weighs in at lbs. The Shapeoko XXL is reasonably rigid for a hobby machine and has a large enough envelope for the projects I have in mind. Check out this crazy rubberband gun project:. A time-lapse video is a series of still shots taken at a fixed interval and usually from a fixed location. A more modern equivalent would be the Sony A I took some great photos with it and was deep into photography for quite a while.
Then one vacation I realized I was lugging a whole bunch of gear and I was seeing most of my vacation through a viewfinder. It suddenly dawned on me that while I liked taking photos, I hated that. To top it off, the gear was really expensive.
Fortunately, the original Canon Elph came out in roughly the same time frame I was retiring the Nikon. I was back to loving photography—it was easier, cheaper, less gear to lug, and I could enjoy my vacations again. I went through a succession of more and more powerful digital cameras, but missed the flexibility of being able to change lenses. The Sony Nex series was a revelation—best of both worlds! The combination of high quality optics and a killer sensor is amazing.
I can find very little reason to covet a full-on DSLR at this stage. There are a few cameras that have a built-in capability, but not many. Fortunately, the Sony cameras have the awesome capability to download apps.
It has a zillion settings it can do, but the important one was how long to wait between frames. Typical online videos are at 20 frames per second, so taking 1 shot a second is a 20x speed up. I think it turned out decently and will be great for this project series.
The first video in the Shapeoko build series is the unboxing. My Shapeoko XXL arrived in two boxes—a small one and a very heavy over lbs big one. My friendly UPS driver loves to leave heavy boxes at the bottom of my steep driveway. So, I ran down there with my dolly and I huffed and puffed and humped the box up my hill and into the house.
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