Shapeoko 3 is now official! We’re taking pre-orders and plan to ship by the end of February. See the home page for a thorough rundown of all the improvements Shapeoko 3 has to offer.
If you know you’re in for one, click here to pre-order!
The most obvious improvement in the new machine is the rail system. We designed not one, but two completely custom extrusions made specifically for Shapeoko. The new, larger, rail is about 85mm tall and 55mm wide. It has an awesomely thick 5mm wall!
The z-axis extrusion was designed to bring everything as close to the X rail as possible. Decreasing the potential lever arm effect of the spindle being further away from the rail.
Our base frame is made from 5 pieces of pre-machined 20×20 extrusion. No brackets or t-nuts required. Everything bolts directly together.
While the machine doesn’t ship with a spindle, we are included an aluminum mount for a Dewalt DW611 trim router. It’s a great spindle, with electronic speed control, that you can pickup just about anywhere for around $100. Trust us when we say “it’s a beast!”.
Belt tensioning is done through a new design that only requires you tighten a screw to tension the belt. While we’re talking about belts – the new machine uses the tried and true GT2 (2mm pitch) belting in it’s open ended format for the X and Y axis. And a closed loop belt for the z-axis.
Shapeoko 3 ships with powerful nema17 motors, but if you want to add even more power, all 3 axis will accept NEMA23 form factor, without modification.
Right now everything is on order to build our first batch. The extrusions had a very long lead time, but should be arriving soon for us to build up our final prototype before production. once we get the prototype put together, we’ll shoot some videos, take some pictures, and release those for everyone to
drool over see.
Even More News!
It’s been a really exciting past couple of months here at Shapeoko HQ! In addition to launching Shapeoko 3 today, I am pleased to announce that Shapeoko, LLC is now part of Carbide3D. A few weeks ago we made it official, now I’m part of their company, and Shapeoko is officially a Carbide3D product.
The team over at Carbide3D has an incredible machine in their Nomad 883, and a really great group of people behind it. Once you’ve seen their machine, it’s clear that they know what they’re doing when it comes to designing, manufacturing, and writing software for a turn-key CNC machine.
Joining up with Carbide3D will bring lots of experience in software development, large scale manufacturing, and a host of other skills that are going to help make Shapeoko even better.
Needless to say, I’m really pumped about what we have planned for 2015!