This is the Shapeoko Deluxe Kit, a desktop, 3-axis CNC Machine kit that allows you to create your 2D and 3D designs out of non-ferrous metals, hardwoods, and plastics. This special SparkFun Edition of the Shapeoko Kit includes everything from the base frame and hardware to the motors and SparkFun Stepoko controller. This is an entry-level CNC machine designed for hobbyists, artists, and fabricators! The only thing that is not included is a trim router which can be purchased from most hardware stores or online retailers.
The included SparkFun Stepoko is an Arduino compatible, 3-axis control solution that runs grbl software and is able to connect to your computer to accept stepper motor commands. The Stepoko’s design and firmware are completely open source and it works with an open source Java based cross platform G-Code sending application to translate commands. Don’t worry, we’ve designed the Stepoko to be as simple to use as possible. With it being pre-programmed grbl software and the installation of the Stepoko consisting of just plugging the stepper motors in, connecting it to power and to your computer you’ll be amazed by just how simple this board really is! To top it off, we’ve designed the SparkFun Stepoko to fit and be secured inside of a custom Big Red Box for an effective enclosure option that allows access to all of the boards connectors and a spot for the massive heatsink to rest in.
The Shapeoko 3 has a cutting area of 425mm x 425 mm x 75mm (16" x 16" x 3") and an overall footprint of 725mm x 600mm (28.5" x 23.6"). We don’t currently carry a router to go on your machine. The folks at Shapeoko recommend the Dewalt DW611 or the Porter Cable 450 to use with the machine. We ended up using a cheap Harbor Freight one that we 3D printed an adapter for to make it fit. Don’t forget you can put whatever you want on the end, whether that’s a laser, 3D print extrusion head, or a marker. Get creative!
Note: The power cable included in this kit is designed for the United States National Plug Standard. If you are purchasing this kit outside the US you will need to use or buy a power cable that fits your country’s standard.
Note: Please keep in mind that the Shapeoko Deluxe Kit Assembly Guide in the Documents section below lists items for the Carbide3D version of the complete Shapeoko kit, not the SparkFun version. Be sure to reference the hard copy guide that comes with your kit when ordered.
Looks like you can use LinuxCNC with the Shapeoko 3 http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=6102 .
For “axis stopped working” and “axis stopped moving” type issues, it’s possible the set screws on the pulleys can vibrate loose, and the motor shaft will spin in the pulley. It’s more easy to see the shaft spin if you mark it with a sharpie or something. A little loc-tite on the set screws or (if the user is willing/capable) a flat ground into the stepper shaft might help prevent this issue.
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.
Skill Level: Experienced - Your experiences should include working with stepper motors and feedback system. You may need to understand how encoders and more complex control systems work.
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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: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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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.
Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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Originally, I thought that the price point for this machine was extremely high. After assembling the thing, I can tell you that I was totally wrong. There’s no way I could have kitted all of those parts for 1k. Not in low quantities anyway.
The other thing that I wasn’t sure about was it’s ability to cut aluminum. I’m pleased to report that I’ve been milling 0.063 sheets of 6061 aluminum and ¼ plate. Now the plunge and feed rates are set really low, but it works. I only have the drives set to 1 amp (%50) and I experience no slippage or drift. Everything stays rigid.
It’s a great design.
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I chose the Shapeoko 3 over competing products in its price range because of the more solid construction (tradeoff: smaller working area) and great community support. Others have done the heavy lifting in previous iterations, leaving a product that is functional and without an overly steep learning curve.
However, you will need the patience to troubleshoot and tinker. Documentation is spread out all over the place on the Sparkfun and Carbide 3D websites. The Shapeoko forum and wiki are invaluable, but it takes some digging to find answers. This is not a plug-and-play machine, but nor is it terribly difficult if your have some mechanical and computer aptitude.
There are errors in the current Carbide mechanicals assembly guide, most notably: 1. The parts picture on p.9 shows an eccentric nut, but regular nuts are used in this step. 2. On p.18, the GT2 pulley should be spun around such that the teeth face away from the z-axis plate. 3. Eccentric nuts shouldn’t be adjusted to their maximum tightness, but only enough to take the play out of the assembly. 4. The kit ships with regular M3 hex nuts, not Nylocs as described in the BOM. These issues, and many other assembly tips, are documented on the Shapeoko forum.
I haven’t come across any resources describing how to assemble and tune a CNC machine so that it’s true and square. With some mechanical aptitude, you should be able to figure it out on your own.
My biggest hurdle in assembly was that four of the steel plates came warped. The v-wheels were not tracking parallel on the y-axis rails, and I was worried about accuracy on the z-axis. Replacement plates proffered by Sparkfun had the same issue, so I reached out on the Shapeoko Forum and also to Carbide’s support. I ended up flattening the plates with an improvised arbor press, and everything works smoothly now.
I appreciate that there is free Mac software available, so that I didn’t have to add dealing with Windows to the software learning curve. (Carbide Create, the software that ships with Carbide3D’s version of the Shapeoko, does not currently work with the Sparkfun electronics. However, there are many other free and paid CAD and CAM options out there.)
Sparkfun’s electronics kit apparently does not have the USB disconnect issue that plagues many of the Carbide machine’s users.
I’ve got my machine drawing, and it’ll be routing wood and aluminum very soon. I look forward to fitting the machine with a draw knife to cut paper or vinyl, or a laser head for cutting and engraving wood. Creative possibilities abound!
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Had a good time putting it together over a couple of days. There are a couple of minor discrepancies between the instructions and what you receive, and you do have to spend some time making sure everything is square, belts are tight, figuring out the software, etc. Seeing it come to life and then milling my first sign after designing it really kicked ass! I sympathize with the other reviewer about having to look around for documentation, but it wasn’t really all that bad. It was a moderate challenge, and I found it fun and well worth the effort.
Had an issue with X-axis failing. Contacted Sparkfun, and they sent out a new Stepoko board priority overnight. New board works fine. Really appreciate Sparkfun getting me out the new board so quickly.
Ended up using a DeWalt DWP611 router - seems to work great so far. Home Depot was completely out of stock, and I ended up having to get mine at Lowes.
Another reviewer mentioned they had some missing mounting plates. I think mine were sort of hidden under a cardboard flap in the box. I remember thinking the parts were missing as well. Hope that turns out to be the case for the other reviewer.
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I had a few issues while building my Shapeoko.
1) A set of calipers is pretty much required to tell the difference between the similar types of bolts.
2) The Shapeoko documentation talks about ny-loc nuts, but there are none in the kit. It appears they were replaced with normal nuts, and advice to use loctite.
3) After wiring up the motors and powering it on for the first time, I found that the two y-axis motors turn in opposite directions. I followed the directions in the build video and connected the same coils from the two steppers, but with reversed polarity. That seems to be the wrong thing to do though. I’ll need to experiment to figure out the right thing to do.
Overall, it seems very solid, and other than a little confusion, it went together fairly easily. Hopefully I’ll be cutting once I’ve figured out how to make the y-axis work.
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The Shapeoko feels very solid, the aluminum extrusions are very stiff.
It would help if Sparkfun would create a new parts list for this kit. The Shapeoko parts list in the Carbide 3D assembly guide is slightly different than the kit that Sparkfun ships. It takes some work to sort out which parts on the parts list are different because of the difference between the electronics in the two kits.
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The first Kit I purchased since a Heathkit in 1962. There were a couple of minor problems with the design that I will provide information on later , but generally I am very satisfied
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To be honest it is the worst documentation ever! There is reason why books and etc. did not become absolute with the digital age. I build my shapeoko but so far did not move a step. Why is it so difficult to find information how to get the motors running, just to test it is working!? The information is scattered all over the sparkfun website. It has no dedicated area when one would find additional info or feedback on how to get it working!? I installed the “Universal-G-Code-Sender” but all I get is an error of not booting up!?
There’s the Sparkfun hook up guide - https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/stepoko-powered-by-grbl-hookup-guide/all There’s the official Shapeoko assembly guide - http://bit.ly/1PQoKDi And there’s the Carbide 3D community knowledge base for questions regarding the machine itself - http://docs.carbide3d.com/
from unboxing to drawing the shapeoko logo with a (supplied) marker took 7 hours — this CNC router is very solid, finished durably and much improved over the shapeoko 2.
yes, the instructions should be unified and tidied-up a bit, but the odd confusing moment isn’t all that hard to deal with.
it was a ton of fun building this, and by building it myself i was fully able to learn how it functions — making any troubleshooting a breeze.
love the arduino-based controller; plenty of room for custom mods!
At $1k, its hard to imagine getting much more for your money, CNC wise. With a bit of finesse and tuning it can be made into a reasonably stiff, low backlash machine that will chew through more materials that entry level machines normally would. All in all I’m very happy with the purchase.
I adapted an dewalt 618 router instead of the 611 that it comes with a bracket for (only because I happen to have an old one lying around), so I had to fab up a bracket for that. Doing that allowed me to incorporate a way to adjust (shim) the tram of the router about the x-axis (roll), which would be tough with the 2 bolt mount it comes with for the 611. There is enough slop in the holes to adjust tram about the y-axis (pitch), but I do worry how long it will stay square using this method, as its just relying on bolt preload to keep it in place.
The only other comment worth discussing is that Carbide 3D now offers their version of the machine with a CAD/CAM package. And as it is the same machine with the exception of the motor driver board, it may make more sense to buy from them if that is an important feature. I have solidworks because of the work I do, and HSMxpress is a free CAM plug in for it with alot of features, so software wise I don’t need the Carbide software, but others might.
Very very high quality piece of equipment. I couldn’t be happier.