Shapeoko Z-Plus - XL

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The Z-Plus kit includes everything you need to upgrade your existing X/Z-carriage to the Z-Plus (X/Z+). The Z-Plus kit also includes new inductive proximity switches to replace the original homing switches. There are minor differences in the installation procedures between Shapeoko 3, XL, and XXL models AND between Shapeoko models shipped pre-Dec 2019 and post-Dec 2019.

Note: Because this upgrade requires a change to proximity limit switches, only machines with the Carbide Motion PCB version 2.4 or higher are supported. If your machine is newer than Feb 2017, it's probably got a supported PCB. If you have an older machine, or you're not sure what board you have, please contact

Note: This is not compatible with the Shapeoko 4.

  • Stepper motor with integrated leadscrew
  • Custom made anti-backlash nut
  • Twin HG15-style linear rails with two linear guides on each rail
  • Plates are .25" anodized aluminum (6061)
  • Proximity homing switches for X, Y, and Z (with adapter board)
  • EZ-Tram plate to make it easier to adjust left/right tilt of the spindle

Shapeoko Z-Plus - XL Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

3 Robotics

Skill Level: Competent - You may need an understanding of servo motors and how to drive them. Additionally, you may need some fundamental understanding of motor controllers.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Experienced - Advanced tools may be needed. You may need access to a laser cutter, 3D printer or hackerspace.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

4 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Experienced - You will need to consult a datasheet for calculations to determine a components output format, linearity, and do a little math to get what you need. You will be using a datasheet or schematic beyond basic pinouts.
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