Five years ago, Edward Ford had a notion to design an open-source CNC kit that anyone could build. He worked on his designs in his garage and eventually got something together that he felt worthy of sharing with the world. In June 2011 Edward launched a Kickstarter campaign with a modest goal of $1500 to fund the production of about 10 kits, and the response was overwhelming. Edward partnered with Inventables to help fulfill orders and over a thousand kits were sold, making Shapeoko the world's fastest selling CNC machine ever.
Since the first Shapeoko release, Edward and the open-source community have been experimenting and improving every aspect of the design. Those upgrades have all been rolled into this new version and it's the best one yet- bigger, stronger, and easier to assemble. The design is still open source and available on Github.
Here's a video of Edward giving an overview of the changes to the design:
We're offering two versions of the kit:
- A $299 barebones Mechanical kit for those who want to experiment with adding their own motors and electronics, or to take Shapeoko from a milling kit to something else entirely. Users on the Shapeoko forum have used the basic design to build 3D printers and Pick and Place machines for circuit assembly, amongst other things.
- The $649 (110VAC) full kit with motors, wiring, electronics, and the tool kit necessary to get a working machine up and running out of the box.
- The $685 (220VAC) full kit with motors, wiring, electronics, and the tool kit necessary to get a working machine up and running out of the box.
The upgrades to the design for version 2 include:
- Working area is expanded to about 12" by 12" by 2.5"
- Open front and back for loading in longer pieces of material
- Easily expandable in both the X and Y dimensions
- Dual-drive motors on the Y axis, standard
- Double width Makerslide on the Y axis for added stiffness and strength
- Completely redesigned Z axis for added stiffness and easier tool changes
- The wasteboard is now integrated with the machine
- Re-engineered belt system keeps teeth cleaner and reduces skipping
- Easier to assemble- put it together over a weekend or a couple of nights
If the release of Shapeoko version 1 was any indication, we expect to see a whole host of amazing projects, new business ventures, and wild experiments result from this new machine. We expect to see the community do all sorts of unexpected things- never before has such a powerful tool been so inexpensive and easy to assemble and operate.
This is the contents of the mechanical kit.
- MakerSlide 500mm Qty 4
- MakerSlide 200mm Qty 1
- V Wheel Kits Qty 20
- Smooth Idler Wheels Qty 6
- Eccentric Nuts Qty 10
- End Plates Qty 4
- Motor Mount Plates Qty 4
- Spindle Mounting Plate Qty 1
- Z Axis Motor Mount Plate Qty 2
- Z Axis Shim Qty 1
- MDF Waste Board Half Qty 2
- Belt Clips Qty 6
- Universal Spindle Mount Qty 2
- Spindle Mount Strap Qty 2
- Delrin Lead Nut Qty 1
- M8 Threaded Rod 200mm Qty 1
- 20x20x550mm Extrusion Qty 2
- M5 T-Nuts Qty 26
- Flexible Coupler 5mm - 8mm Qty 1
- Flange Bearing 8mm Qty 1
- Wave Disc Spring Qty 1
- Aluminum Spacers 3/8 x 5/16 x #12 Qty 10
- Aluminum Spacers 3/8 x 1-1/4 x #12 Qty 6
- Aluminum Spacer 3/8 x 1 x #12 Qty 6
- Brass Standoff M3 Male/Female 50mm Qty 3
- Nylon Spacer 5mm x 10mm x 1mm Qty 4
- Nylon Spacer 3mm 8mm 1mm Qty 6
- Button Head Screw M5 x 8 Qty 6
- Button Head Screw M5 x 10 Qty 12
- Button Head Screw M5 x 12 Qty 30
- Button Head Screw M5 x 20 Qty 18
- Button Head Screw M5 x 30 Qty 10
- Button Head Screw M5 x 45 Qty 4
- Socket Head Screw M5 x 70 Qty 6
- Hex Nut M5 Qty
- Flatwasher M5 Qty 108
- Socket Head Screw M3 x 12 Qty 3
- Flat Washer M3 Qty 3
- Hex Nut M8 Qty 2
The following items are included in the full kit only. There are links to the product pages if we have them in the store. We plan on getting the rest of the items into the store soon.
- NEMA 17 Stepper Motor QTY 4
- Stepper Motor Cable QTY 15 Feet
- Power Supply Qty 1
- Power Cord Qty 1
- Arduino Uno with grbl Installed Qty 1
- grblShield Qty 1
- GT2 Pulleys Qty 3
- GT2 Belt Qty 5 Feet
- Terminal Blocks (2x4 Type) Qty 3
- Rotary Tool (Spindle) Qty 1
- USB Cable Qty 1
- Power Supply Adapter Cable Qty 1
- Black Expandable Sleeving 1/4" I.D. Qty 2 Feet
- Black Expandable Sleeving 3/4" I.D. Qty 4 Feet
- Heat Shrink Tubing 1/4 I.D. QTY 1 Foot
- Heat Shrink Tubing 3/4 I.D. Qty 1 Foot
- M3 Hex Nuts Qty 8
- M3 Flat Washer Qty 35
- Socket Head Screw M3 x 12 Qty 8
- Socket Head Screw M3 x 8 Qty 12
- Shapeoko 2 Full Toolkit Qty 1
NEMA 23 Upgrade Parts
The ShapeOko 2 is compatible with NEMA 23 motors, with a few modifications to the basic assembly. The machine runs fine with NEMA 17 motors, but if you decide to modify the basic design to longer extrusions or a larger more powerful spindle you may want to use NEMA 23 motors for the X and Y axes. They will give you the power and speeds appropriate for a larger machine. Below is the list of items required to do this.
- NEMA 23 Motors Qty 3
- Pulleys and belt options
The larger motors need to be mounted on the 1/4" spacers to clear the bolt heads for the idler pulleys. You also have to avoid the bolts used to mount the X axis MakerSlide. This is done by moving the motor to the lower end of the slots or by notching the MakerSlide.
The 220V version ships with a 220V version of the spindle. This is a difficult item for us to get in the US, so we will only ship one connector type with the 220V orders. The end user is responsible for selecting an appropriate adapter, if required, for their outlet type. Currently the connector type is a Schuko CEE 7/17 type with an adapter to BS1363 Type, but this may change. The power supply is a universal voltage power supply from 100-240V and has a standard IEC-320 C14 connector on it. No cord is provided.
Can the kits be altered?
We get this question a lot. We have had dozens of different options suggested. Unfortunately the answer is "no" at this time. The kits are being put together by a local kitting company. They carefully kit, wrap and box them for us. The cost of un-boxing, re-kitting and potentially finding a new box size outweighs the cost of any of the parts we would remove. We would have to pass that cost along somehow, so it would be cheaper for the customer to take the kit as is and buy the extra components.
Is This Open Source?
Yes, this is an open source design by Edward Ford. We have a great relationship with Edward and we pay a voluntary royalty to him for each unit we sell. The CAD files for the Shapeoko 2 are posted on GitHub.