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    Getting Closer! - Received!!!

    I've been looking at the Shapeoko system for two or three years and am getting close to pulling the trigger. After a fair amount of studying, I'm seriously considering ordering the package they call "The Works" minus a couple of individual items. To that, I'll add the 1000mm x 1000mm expansion kit so I can build it larger from the get-go. At least that's my thinking for now, until someone steers me a different direction.

    Inventables recommends "Easel" software since it includes all aspects of that one needs, but it seems kinda clunky. What software do you suggest using?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Is this the Shapeoko system 3, that's supposed to ship later this month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Is this the Shapeoko system 3, that's supposed to ship later this month?
    I've been looking at the Shapeoko 2 system, but will take a closer look at v3.
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    Bill,

    I just looked at it a little bit.

    Looks pretty cool and the price is certainly right to get into some fun stuff.

    I would suggest the NEMA 23 at a minimum - and something more robust than a dremel

    There will still be a bit of learning but it looks like they simplified a lot of stuff.

    I think there is a LOT that can be done with it.

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    I am looking at v3 also. Only thing holding me back is a place to put it.
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    Bill, right now I am in the process of putting together a shapeoko 2. I am going with the 500mm wide by 1800mm long. So far so good, a lot of parts to assemble, but well worth the time. I too went with the works version. Any questions, feel free to ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    Bill, right now I am in the process of putting together a shapeoko 2. I am going with the 500mm wide by 1800mm long. So far so good, a lot of parts to assemble, but well worth the time. I too went with the works version. Any questions, feel free to ask.
    Dan, I saw your thread about starting your build and am looking forward to seeing your progress.

    Is the 500mm by 1800mm the total footprint of your system?

    Did you get the expansion upgrade to get the additional extrusions to make a larger system?

    Are you using the standard NEMA17 steppers?

    What software are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    ... I would suggest the NEMA 23 at a minimum - and something more robust than a dremel ...
    NEMA17 is used for the stepper motors and should be plenty for the size unit I plan. But, I'm looking at the upgrade to NEMA23.

    A generic "Dremel" is used as the spindle in the basic package. The "Works" package has a beefier spindle.
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    bill,

    500mm x 1800mm is the overall footprint for the machine.

    12 in x 36 in is roughly the size of the working area.

    i got the expansion upgrade and ordered the longer rails.

    i upgraded to the nema23 stepper motors.

    i'm using a laptop running windows 7, also have linux on it as well, and the linuxcnc software.

    got the better spindle with the upgrade.

    get ready to assemble a lot of small parts, and tapping a few holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    bill,

    500mm x 1800mm is the overall footprint for the machine.

    12 in x 36 in is roughly the size of the working area.

    i got the expansion upgrade and ordered the longer rails.

    i upgraded to the nema23 stepper motors.

    i'm using a laptop running windows 7, also have linux on it as well, and the linuxcnc software.

    got the better spindle with the upgrade.

    get ready to assemble a lot of small parts, and tapping a few holes.
    Yep - already figgered I'd be upgrading my reading glasses!

    One thing I found by digging around the Inventables information is they have a package that includes the NEMA23 steppers rather than the NEMA17. I almost stumbled across it and it saves having to buy the upgrade seperately.

    I'm planning to get enough MakerSlide to build my unit a little wider - nothing major, but maybe 16-20" wide by 40" long working area. Does that sound reasonable?
    Last edited by Bill Arnold; 02-12-2015 at 03:37 PM. Reason: Clarify working area
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