Vendors

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Machines

The ShapeOko 3 is available from the manufacturer and Sparkfun distributors. Plans are on the Shapeoko 3 wiki page, and machines may be self-sourced, so long as they are not sold commercially. (Example of the latter here).

Customs, Taxes, &c.

UK

One customer reported £143.60 (~$181), another "20% tax, a large shipping bill and a £20 processing fee from FedEx".[2]

Canada

"Bought an XL in the winter. FedEx invoiced me for approximately $100CAD for customs if I recall correctly."[3]

Korea

USA and Korea have an FTA agreement, and one may be able to apply for FTA import tax waiver program.

International shipping services

Machine Parts & Supplies

While a number of components are specialty items, many are commodity parts which may be available at mainstream vendors. Some potential vendors include:

International / U.S. / Internet

Specialty vendors

Specialty hardware stores

Fasteners

Hardware stores

UK

http://www.mtmc.co.uk/

New Zealand

http://tradetools.co.nz/products/7000200

Electronics suppliers

Enclosures

Cable Management

Spindles

U.S.

Europe

End mills

U.S./International
Canada
Europe
France
Germany
Italy
UK
Ebay sellers

There are specific bit and brand recommendations on the Endmills page.

Collets


Strategizing on purchases so as to save on shipping and handling is a useful technique to help keep expenses in check.

If all else fails, many items are available on eBay, or Amazon.

Clamps

http://www.miteebite.com/products/

Upgrades

There is a separate list of specific vendors on the Upgrade Overview page.

Specialty Local Vendors

Please list specialty local vendors which don't have a sales presence on the internet below by their geography.

Discussion of this in a European (Portugal) context: https://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5267#p38688

Non-Community Vendors

The following vendors sell specialty items related to the ShapeOko, but have not joined the Forums or contributed to the community. Please research carefully before purchasing from them.

  • http://shop.myhobby-cnc.de (Ronald Holze) --- offers ShapeOko 1 and 2 Kits to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark and Italy[33][34]
  • minifab.net --- these people couldn't even be bothered to build a machine to photograph, instead stealing Inventables' photographs and doing an obvious job of airbrushing their logo on.[35]
  • Shapeoko 2 kits are available from Robosavvy.

Contract Manufacturers

The product originally used two companies for parts, and during the Kickstarter campaign a 3rd company supplied parts.

Materials

Materials availability is a tradeoff between price and convenience.

Further considerations include local business practices and shipping costs.

Please list only inobvious / specialty sources. There should be no need to list specialized sources such as lumber yards which are easily found by a search engine (and even have their own specialized search engines: woodfinder.com (U.S.), UK Workshop). Usually sign and glass shops are willing to special-order sheets of material(s).

Here is a list of vendors sorted by geography, along w/ the items which they sell which may be suited for milling:

International

Europe/U.K.

U.S.

Most U.S. hardware and hobby stores will have displays w/ metal stock from KS Engineering.

Northeast

Maryland
Pennsylvania
  • The Restaurant Store --- HDPE cutting boards in 1/2"--1" thicknesses.
  • http://www.weaverind.com/ --- sells graphite blocks used for casting glass and other materials. Yard is open during an annual sale, allowing selection from their scrap piles.

Midwest

Materials (specialty)

Plastics (engraving)

http://www.rowmark.com/distributor/europe/europe.asp [51]

Lithophanes

http://candlestonegifts.com/candlestone-store [52]

Plywood

http://www.columbiaforestproducts.com/product/classic-core/ [53]

Hardware (specialty)

In addition to raw materials, projects often need hardware which is more easily purchased than manufactured. While some basic hardware will be available from any hardware store, specialty hardware, esp. for reproductions may have to be ordered from specialty shops.

Knobs

Brass

Nails