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  • One can now upgrade the machines a bit, new XL (~33"(X), ~17"(Y), ~3"(Z)) and XXL sizes (~33"(X) x ~33"(Y) x ~3"(Z)) are now available on the Carbide3D site.

  • Yes.

    Might have to make up new connectors, expansion kits are Molex

  • It's difficult to drive most gantries along the Y-axis w/ a single motor --- the original Shapeoko did this, but it was a problem for a lot of people, hence:


    but c.f., http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Drive_Shaft

  • The physical machines and their cutting area are the same as #108770 noted. More details here: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Shapeoko_3#Overview

    Carbide Create currently requires a Carbide Motion Machine Control Board EDIT: or activation w/ a code for use w/ the SparkFun Stepoko board: http://docs.carbide3d.com/article/75-sparkfun-stepoko-activation

    I find InkScape and MakerCAM and F-Engrave quite capable though: http://www.shapeoko.com/projects/project.php?id=154

  • Converting a DXF to G-code is called CAM. List of free / opensource options for this: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAM

    Overview of the workflow: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Workflow

  • One can make a mount for a Dremel and use it if desired --- a trim router is a much better option though:


  • http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Workholding#Vacuum

    Esp. see: http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=7480&p=58845#p58845

  • http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Home/Limit_Switches

  • Two people on the Shapeoko forum posted their analysis of the differences:


    1) The Sparkfun unit just has one y-axis motor controller (3 total controllers, not 4). The two y-axis motors are wired to this in parallel. 2) The Sparkfun unit has more versatile stepper motor configuration hardware: Microstepping increment options are 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 (4-position switch instead of just 2). Stepper motor current is continuously variable from 1A to 2A using a rotary pot (instead of 2-position switch presetting current for NEMA 17 or 23 stepper coils)

    The first is obviously a cost/space saver. The second is to better accommodate DIY builds with odd motors. Neither would really seem to matter if you are going to use a stock S3.


    Looks like they us a FTDI rs232 serial-USB which I suspect will be a more reliable connection than the carbide board.

  • The drawing for both the ShapeOko 1, 2 and 3 were all available on the wiki or linked from there, shortly after the release of each.

    The wiki link which you posted http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Shapeoko_3#Drawings has had the 3D model link and DropBox links for a long while:

    [http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=5996&p=53957 Re: 3D model of Shapeoko 3]

    • https://www.dropbox.com/s/271fcka1wmyntp5/S3_Drawing_Pack_v1.zip?dl=1 [https://www.dropbox.com/s/olvxxuuyz98yxx5/Shapeoko3_Master_Assy_v0.1.zip?dl=0 Shapeoko3_Master_Assy_v0.1.zip][http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=5996&p=54309#p54309]

    Anyone who wants the specifics can check the edit history: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php?title=Shapeoko_3&action=history

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