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Shapeoko[edit | edit source]

Shapeoko is down for upgrades to rigidity, control board, and wiring shielding.

  • Upgraded to 1000mm x 750mm
  • Quiet Spindle (ER11 Collet) - Manual spindle speed control
    • ER11 series collets have a capacity of .020-.3125 inches
  • Controller - Grbl Gshield with Arduino Uno (Firmware version: ??)

Software[edit | edit source]

  • VCarve Makerspace Edition (basically VCarve Pro for maker spaces) - CAM/tool path software
  • Chiliipeppr hardware fiddle as a G-code sender and CNC controller

Materials[edit | edit source]

The Shapeoko is a versatile machine that can be used with many different materials but there are limitations based on machine power and tooling. Understanding the tooling, speeds and feeds required is always important when working with a new material. Always have more material needed for the final project for test cuts. Some materials like cardboard, carbon fiber, PCB boards, etc may dull your end mills or require a special bit for cutting.

  • Plastics
  • Wood - most
  • Foam/Foamboard - foamboard will have ragged edges from the paper coating
  • Cardboard - dulls bits
  • Leather
  • Cork
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Phenolic/PCB boards
  • Stone
  • Aluminum - some alloys are not millable

Training[edit | edit source]

An introductory course is being developed to teach members the basics of CNC routing and use of the Shapeoko. Similar to the laser cutter this course will be required before members are qualified to use the Shapeoko.

Resources[edit | edit source]

The following resources will be useful to users of the Shapeoko

    Introduction to CNC (Vetric)

    Walkthrough of the Chilipeppr TinyG Workspace (Grbl and TinyG workspaces are very similar)

    VCarve Training Project resources that show how to use Carve

    CNCCookbook (Good review of CNC tooling including tooling that would be used in the metal working area of the IC)