26 Jun '13, 7pm

New post: ShapeOko build log — it’s a CNC mill in a box

We’re not blatantly trying to promo this product. It’s just that the build log covering a ShapeOko assembly process taken on by [Anool] is like crack for those of us who have yet to acquire our own desktop CNC mills. Like the title says, this thing is basically a mill in a box. But [Anool] decided to order the version of the kit that doesn’t come with any motors or control electronics. He also planned for future upgrades by ordering additional extruded rail to increase the size of the ShapeOko . After assembling the frame his decision to source stepper motors locally bit him as they were out of stock. But there was still plenty to do preparing control electronics during the wait. He based his system on a Raspberry Pi which talks to an Arduino to address the motors and monitor the sensors. Once all the parts were finally accounted for he tested the rig as a pen plotter. The...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/06/26/shapeoko-build-log-its-a-c...

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