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An excellent introduction is: http://softsolder.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/cnc-introduction-2011.pdf

Especially useful is CNC Quick Reference[1] --- a one-page .pdf w/ the essentials of cutting and G-Code.

https://www.sparkfun.com/stepoko

Unique and useful sources for:

Forums

We have forums set up here.

Most questions should be posted there. Hopefully the answers to your question will help someone in the future.

Additional Forums

Google Group

Initially, a ShapeOko Google group was used for discussion. it has now been archived in favor of the forums.

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IRC Node

http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#shapeoko [2]

Web Sites

http://www.homemadetools.net/

There is an effort to get a Digital Fabrication area going on StackExchange, but it needs another two dozen or so questions to be up-voted.

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buildlog.net

Build logs are the open source equivalent of the research notebook. You basically document the progress of a project, but it can be so much more. You can collaborate with others, get feedback, have people review your work. Often feedback can save you from mistakes already made by others.

The site and forum are run by Barton Dring, whom we can thank for MakerSlide.

Dank Nice info on installing GRBL
cncprogramming.martinchick.com End Mill Speed & Feed Calculator
repables Site for open source project files.
Search for ShapeOko on Thingiverse There's a wide variety of contributed files for upgrades, components and convenience items available.
Search for ShapeOko on Trimble 3D Warehouse There's a wide variety of contributed files for upgrades, components and a complete machine:
CNC Mentor Blog site with a variety of articles under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Chestnut Pens: Downloads Collection of CNC utility and other programs.
DXF-Downloads.de (German) Site collecting free DXFs.
50 Digital Wood Joints Creative Commons collection of joints suited for cutting w/ a CNC. See also Fabrication Techniques & Hardware.
GrabCAD Large site w/ a vast collection of CAD files to download.
CNC milling guide from Melbourne hackerspace Concise overview of milling.
Online G-Code commenter Useful to learn G-code.
Guerrilla guide to CNC machining, mold making, and resin casting
Wiki CNCDIY
http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-software/free-cam-software.html List of software. Other pages are interesting, w/ an extensive list of books by topic from archive.org
http://www.cnc4free.org/ List of links and files
http://www.newport.com/Motion-Basics-and-Standards/140230/1033/content.aspx Motion Basics and Standards by the Newport Corporation.
http://www.computersculpture.com/Pages/Index_Links.html Computer Sculpture External Links Page --- company also sells software and hardware at a discount.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116172091660683665800 ShapeOko Google Circle/Community.
https://plus.google.com/communities/113449862431368152053 Little CNC Community Google Circle.
http://www.reddit.com/r/CNC CNC on reddit.
http://www.reddit.com/r/hobbycnc/ Hobbiest CNC on reddit.
http://www.reddit.com/r/shapeoko/ ShapeOko on reddit.
http://www.physics.ncsu.edu/pearl/Tap_Drill_Chart.html Tap and drill chart
gplEDA Links to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools that are released under the GPL.
http://wiki.xtronics.com/index.php/CAD_CAM Wiki of opensource CAD CAM software, w/ some commentary.
http://www.cnc4everyone.com/ CNC 4 everyone Beginner's guide to CNC technology.
http://www.calcool.dk/index.html Collection of tools for calculating various geometries.
http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com Worldwide hobby community for machinist-built model engines.
http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper/lite/ Simple Grid Graph Paper PDF Generator
http://www.100kprojects.com/ Site for plans for projects for a Shopbot (proprietary fileformat, but may provide inspiration)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Woodworking-Projects-for-Beginners/ Woodworking Projects for Beginners --- list of 50 woodworking projects on Instructables.

http://www.mini-lathe.com/Mini_mill/Introduction/Introduction.htm

https://wikimachine.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/lagadoacademy/machining---lathes-mills-etc/charts

Web Pages

Tutorial Videos

https://techtv.mit.edu/videos/142-machine-shop-1

Fabtotum community CAM work and calculations

Magazines

GitHub

GitHub is an opensource development collaboration site which is used to house the source files for the ShapeOko project.

Inventor's Links

YouTube Channel

Edward's channel on YouTube

Other ShapeOko YouTube videos.


Edward's Blog

Blog

Chronological listing available here: feed://www.shapeoko.com/blog/feed

Twitter

Follow ShapeOko on Twitter


Clipart

Project Design Sharing Sites

3D model sources

http://reprap.org/wiki/Printable_part_sources

SVG generators

Since the typical workflow makes use of scalable vector graphics (SVG), one can leverage tools which make these to produce designs or design elements for cutting:

Design generators

Geography

Digitizers

One can of course use a probe, or laser digitizer. A profile gauge is a useful option as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profile_gauge

http://fablab.ruc.dk/diy-digitizer/

Project Generators

Boxes

Discussion of many of these at: http://rasterweb.net/raster/tag/boxmaker/

Carbide Create


Inkscape


Paper/Cardboard

Designs

Other

Threads

Thread generator: Thingiverse: Nut Job

Plans for Projects

http://libre3d.com/

http://www.stlfinder.com

https://www.zenziwerken.de/en/ --- Cool collection of household, office and toy plans[11]

Resources for free plans for projects:

Personal

Boxes

Office

Clocks and Gears

See CAD, Clocks.

Hardware

https://github.com/drofnas/SCAD-Knurled-Nut-Knob

Games

Toys

Household

Speakers

Photography

Tools

c.f., List of Tools

Vacuum Forming

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1611996 [22]

Vehicles

http://www.thomassondesign.com/en/building/building-manual

Musical Instruments

Furniture

Workbench

Chairs

Shelf

http://community.carbide3d.com/t/floating-shelf-build-video/5068

Inspirational Pieces

Construction of an 18th-c French Mechanical Table

Kinetic models

http://www.derekhugger.com/store.html --- includes sculpture, a hummingbird, marble machine, clock, &c. Notable for having a tools page which shares the underlying mechanical concepts and formulae (linked to elsewhere on the wiki)

Sites specifically for project plans

Sites for 3D Models

http://www.millwizard.com

http://www.3dcommune.com/

http://www.3dlinks.com/objects_free.cfm

http://3dcreator.com/

http://www.amazing3d.com

http://www.uvmapper.com/

http://www.coolpage.com/aom.html

http://www.3drender.com/

http://www.povworld.org/objects/links3.html

http://www.computerarts.co.uk/

http://www.freegraphics.com/07_Backgrounds/

http://www.dvgarage.com/

http://www.grsites.com/textures/wood002.shtml

http://www.tenlinks.com/

http://www.flay.com/

http://www.cgchannel.com/

http://www.renderosity.com/

http://www.daz3d.com/

http://www.poserworld.com/

http://www.3dtotal.com/

http://www.3dvalley.com/models.shtml

http://www.3d02.com/

http://www.aeronautica3d.com/

Resources

http://www.woodworkersworkshop.com/cadfiles/cadsyms.htm

Licensing

Military: http://www.defense.gov/Media/Trademarks

Calculators

PDFs

http://www.onsrud.com/files/pdf/LMT-Onsrud-CNC-Prod-Routing-Guide.pdf

http://www.saic.edu/media/saic/pdfs/campusresources/instructionalshops/CNC_Rhino.pdf

Hardware References

Drill Charts