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.
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.
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.
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 .0005" ( about .015 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 expect to ship kits in late Feb. 2015. As of right now, we have tooling for the Z extrusion underway and we have our first batch of the X/Y extrusion on it's way to us for the final prototype.
When it's released, the Shapeoko 3 will sell for $799, including shipping within the US.
We know what else is out there and we feel confident saying that it's the best value available.
We designed the Shapeoko in California and Illinois. We extrude our aluminum in Pensylvania. 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.
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 the machines to help make what they have invisioned.
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.
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.
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