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Basic Tools Required

Shapeoko 3

Tools included with Shapeoko 3

Tools needed for assembly will be included w/ a kit.[1] Tools which are currently included:

  • 1.5mm Hex key
  • 2mm Ball End Hex Key
  • 3mm Ball End Hex key
  • 4mm Ball End Hex Key
  • 5mm Allen wrench --- used for M6 Socket Cap Head Screws (SCHS)
  • 8mm Combo Wrench
  • 10mm Assembly Wrench
  • 13mm or 1/2" wrench for M8 hex nuts

as well as

  • blue thread lock
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker

Other Tools

  • Slip Joint Pliers (a pair was included w/ earlier kits in lieu of the larger wrenches)
  • 1/8" hex key for 10-24 BHCS used for 1/2" aluminum spacers used for Z-axis stops
  • 5.5mm open-end wrench --- used for M3 hex nuts

Shapeoko 2

Tools needed for a stock ShapeOko 2 kit from Inventables. These tools will also cover most Shapeoko 1 kits.

  • 4mm Allen wrench
  • 3mm Allen wrench
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench
  • 2mm Allen wrench
  • 1.5mm Allen wrench
  • 2 13mm open-end wrenches
  • 8mm open-end wrench
  • A tool to tighten the M3 brass standoff spacers --- candidates include: 5mm open-end wrench, adjustable crescent wrench, nylon parallel-jaw pliers.
  • M5 0.8 pitch Tap
  • T-handle
  • razor blade (used for cutting and stripping wires, the tools listed below are preferable)
  • small flat-bladed screwdriver
  • very small Phillips (or flat-bladed) screwdriver
  • #2 Philips or large flat-bladed screwdriver

Tool Descriptions and Notes

  • 4mm Allen wrench --- used for M5 Socket Cap Head Screws (SCHS)
  • 3mm Allen wrench --- used for M5 Button Cap Head Screws (BCHS)
  • 2.5mm Allen wrench --- used on M3 SCHS, 5mm--8mm coupler set screws
  • 2mm Allen wrench --- used for the set screws on flexible couplers with both jaw screws and set screws, the jaw screws will take a 2.5 mm Allen key (above)
  • 1.5mm Allen wrench --- used for the M3 set screws in metric bore pulleys
  • 1/16" Allen wrench --- (Imperial) set screw in 1/4" and 5mm pulleys. Note: This is only 5% larger than the 1.5mm and in many cases will fit, and fit more securely, allowing more torque to be applied.

Note: Ball-end hex wrenches are much easier to use when assembling things at odd angles in tight spaces.

Allen wrenches.JPG
  • 2 13mm open-end wrenches --- for tightening the jam nuts on the threaded rod --- or use an adjustable crescent wrench
  • 8mm open-end wrench --- used for M5 nuts and eccentric spacers

Note: 1/2" and 5/16" wrenches (pictured) respectively are w/in tolerance and may be used instead (or one may use the odd pair of a 13mm and 1/2" wrench if one has a combination Imperial/metric set of wrenches).

  • 5.5mm open-end wrench --- used for M3 hex nuts
  • A tool to tighten the M3 brass standoff spacers --- candidates include: 5mm open-end wrench, adjustable crescent wrench, nylon parallel-jaw pliers.
Open end wrenches.JPG
Tap only needed if Makerslide is not pre-tapped
  • M5 0.8 pitch Tap
  • T-handle --- A good quality tap and handle help the process go much more smoothly. Some people like to use a ratcheting handle[2].
Tap and die set.JPG
Tools needed for wiring electronics
Pliers.JPG
Soldering iron only needed if assembling a board from components or if using a wiring option which requires soldering.
  • Soldering iron
Soldering iron.JPG

Optional tools

  • Blue Loctite (or equivalent)
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Note: The Loctite might not be necessary, but is handy to have around. As the machine vibrates (and it will), your bolted connections have the potential of loosening. If this occurs, one option is to use a dab of thread locker to prevent the guilty bolt from coming loose again. It's not necessary to do this to any of the bolts unless they begin to loosen. Alternately, one could instead use lock washers.

https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/comments/3j3rmf/loose_screws_will_super_glue_work_or_do_i_need/

Carbide 3D uses Loctite 222 when assembling machines.

Alternatives: http://community.carbide3d.com/t/thread-locking-stuff/5030

Tool Storage

Foam tool organizer

ShapeOko Cigar Box Tool kit

Thingiverse: Foldable tool box http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:53845

Collet wrench storage on open end plates

Technique for molding foam: http://madmodder.net/index.php?topic=4770.0

Fine Woodworking: Quick to Build Tool Cabinet PDF

http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2008/08/15-free-toolbox-plans-for-woodworkers

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