We all take for granted that a shop has a table saw or a drill press now; there's a basic group of tools that most shops have. We believe that a CNC machine is now a basic tool for a modern shop.
We designed the Shapeoko 3 to be affordable enough for any shop and powerful enough to do real work.
We designed our own custom extrusion to minimize flexing and bending. We hold those extrusions together with heavy steel plates, and we drive it around with custom electronics that we designed only for the Shapeoko. This is not a light-duty machine.
The Shapeoko 3 is shipped as a kit. You can expect to spend about 2 or 3 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 cutting/drilling/tapping required- just bolt the parts together with the included tools.
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.
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.
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.
We designed the Shapeoko in California and Illinois. We extrude our aluminum in Pennsylvania. We cut our steel plates and electronics in California. We have a shop in Indiana make other small metal parts. 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.
Everything you need to get started! (except a trim router)
Shapeoko started in 2011 via Kickstarter and quickly became one of the most popular desktop CNC machines on the market. Literally thousands of Shapeoko's have been shipped over the past 4 years.
Shapeoko 3 is the latest in this line of machines and we've taken 4 years of learning to make it the best Shapeoko ever made.
Shapeoko is designed and built by Carbide 3D, a small company in California dedicated to making the best desktop and benchtop CNC machines available.