Shapeoko 3


This is the 3rd official version of the Shapeoko desktop CNC machine. With over 3 years of user feedback, experience, and improvements ranging from easier assembly to better software options, this is the best Shapeoko we've ever made. Period.

Generic motion systems were not good enough for us. Shapeoko 3 utilizes not one, but two custom extrusions designed specifically for CNC machining. They're big, beefy, and strong as hell.


  • Metric: 725mm x 600mm
  • Imperial: 28.5" Wide x 23.625" Deep
  • Cutting Area

  • Metric: 425mm x 425mm x 75mm
  • Imperial: 16+" x 16+" x 3"

  • Power Supply

  • 24VDC 5A
  • Controller

  • Carbide Motion: Industrial grade 3-axis motion control board.

  • Collet Size

  • 1/8" AND 1/4"
  • Expandable?

  • Yes!

  • Motor Size

  • NEMA17 (NEMA23 compatible on XYZ!)
  • Belting

  • GT2 Belting, 2mm pitch

  • Rapid Speed

  • 2500mm/min+ (100IPM)
  • Carriages

  • 10ga Laser Cut Steel Plates, powder coated finish

  • Frame

  • Aluminum Extrusion
  • Rail System

  • Custom Extrusion designed specifically for CNC machining.

  • The Shapeoko 3 is shipped as a kit. You can expect to spend about 2 hours putting it together. This is our third kit and we have incorporated all that we've learned about making powerful machines that are easy to put together. There is no fabrication required. And, unlike previous versions, you don't even have to tap the rails! We took care of that for you.

    You'll need to provide a trim router to do the cutting; the Shapeoko 3 kit includes everything else you need to have a running machine. We include a mount for the Dewalt DWP611 trim router, which you can buy online for about $100.

    Not Looking for a Kit?

    If you're looking for a ready to run, turn-key CNC machine, check out our Nomad 883

    How Does it Compare to the Shapeoko 2?

    The Shapeoko 2 was built using the Makerslide extrusion. Makerslide is a clever aluminum extrusion that was developed for generic linear motion applications.

    The Shapeoko 3 requires something a little more specialized than Makerslide. We developed our own extrusions that are made only for the Shapeoko 3. The extrusion used on the X and Y axis is approximately 200% bigger than Makerslide. The Z extrusion is a totally different extrusion that's made to keep the Z motion components low-profile. Being low-profile means the Z axis won't flex under machining forces.

    The steel plates on the Shapeoko 3 are 50% thicker than the ones on the Shapeoko 2; this increase makes the Shapeoko 3 a much more rigid machine.

    What can it Cut?

    The Shapeoko 3 was designed to cut wood, plastic, and metals such as aluminum and brass. People have used Shapeoko to make PCB boards, cut quad copter frames, wood signs, RC car parts, product prototypes, and lithopanes. We could go on but you get the point.

    How Accurate is it?

    The Shapeoko 3 has a theoretical resolution of about .001" ( about .025 mm). In real life you can expect your finished parts to be accurate to about .005" ( about .15 mm). That's the thickness of a sheet of paper, or a human hair.

    When Will it Ship?

    Production batch #1 is now sold out, current orders will begin shipping in April 2015.

    How Much is It?

    Shapeoko 3 sells for $999. Shipping anywhere in the US is $50, Shipping to Canada is $75.

    We know what else is out there and we feel confident saying that it's the best value available.

    Made in the USA

    We designed the Shapeoko in California and Illinois. We extrude our aluminum in Pennsylvania. We cut our steel plates in Illinois and California. We have a shop in Indiana make other small metal parts. We make our electronics in California and Colorado. Our boxes come from the US and we pack it up here too.

    Wherever we can, we use domestic shops to make our parts. We could absolutely get everything cheaper in China, but that's not the kind of product we want to make.

    Be the first to get a Shapeoko 3!

    We're hard at work getting everything ready to ship. If you'd like to be one of the first to get a new Shapeoko 3, click below to get in line. We'll charge a $400 deposit, and the balance when we ship. You can cancel anytime and get a full refund.

    There are Thousands of Shapeokos in the wild!

    Shapeoko started in 2011 via Kickstarter and quickly became one of the most popular desktop CNC machines on the market. Everyone from makers to artists to designers have used Shapeoko to help make what they have envisioned.

    Who Are We?

    Shapeoko was created by Edward Ford in 2011. Ed recently joined Carbide 3D, the makers of the Nomad 883, a fully enclosed, ready-to-run CNC machine. As a single company, we're able to put all of our knowledge of manufacturing, software, and mechanical and electrical engineering to work developing the most complete line of desktop CNC machines anywhere.

    The Shapeoko 3 is Open

    Shapeoko 3 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This is the best choice for us to make the design is available for users who need to customize their machine while offering protection against other companies competing with us using our own design.

    We'll post the DXF files once the machine begins shipping.

    What comes with the kit?

    Everything you need to get started!

    • Frame
    • Linear rails and Bearings (wheels)
    • Belting and idlers
    • Nema17 Stepper Motors
    • Power Supply and Cord
    • Motion controller
    • USB Cable
    • Wasteboard
    • Hardware
    • Aluminum Spindle Mount
    • Tools for assembly
    **You need to provide your own Dewalt DW611 trim router.**

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