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Shapeoko 2 Now Available For Pre-order!

We're excited to announce the release of Shapeoko 2! For those just hearing about it, Shapeoko 2 is a low-cost desktop milling kit that lets you carve woods, plastics, and soft metals with precision.


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.



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 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.
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.

220V Versions

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.


46 comments:

Nechemiah Kushner said...

So quick question. Why doesnt the mechanical kit come with these?

GT2 Pulleys Qty 3
GT2 Belt Qty 5 Feet
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


They seem like mechanical parts.

Bart Dring said...

The Mechanical kit is compatible with NEMA 17 or NEMA 23. The pulleys and hardware you list are not. You must order those separately to match the motor choice you make.

Dave said...

I have the same question as Nechemiah Kushner... maybe include those items in a kit if you don't want to include them. There are many of us out there that have the electronics and steppers, but need the hardware (pulleys and belts) to drive the X and Y.

Bart: considering that the items in questions are included in the Full kits along with a NEMA 17, I would assume that they are NEMA 17 compatible

CoPirate said...

If the parts they listed aren't compatible with NEMA 17 why are they included in the full kit which uses NEMA 17s?

Bart Dring said...

Dave,

The problem is, everyone has a different starting point. I suggest you just order those items separately.

If you need help, or we don't have an item you need, let me know and I will see if it there is a way we can get it in the store.

Bart

Bart Dring said...

CoPirate

The parts listed by Nechemiah, except for the belt, are not compatible with the NEMA23. The NEMA23 has a different shaft size and mounting holes. The parts listed are in the full kit because the full kit contains NEM17 motors.

If you bought a mechanical kit for use with NEMA23 motors those parts would not work for you.

My statement was, all parts in the the mech kit are compatible with both motors. The pulleys are not compatible with both motors.

Bart

Unknown said...

If the parts Nechemiah mentioned are specific to the 17, are there any plans to carry the same parts but for a NEMA 23?

Bart Dring said...

Unknown,

Yes, we plan to have all the parts available. We should have everything in the store already, except the pulley. We should have that available any day now. We do have the correct pulley in MXL plastic (25204-03).

Alex Echeverria said...

Please can you describe what spindle you include in the complete kit? RPM, brand or torque?

Bart Dring said...

Alex,

The spindle provided is a variable speed rotary tool. The speed is adjustable from 8000 - 30,000 RPM. The current is 1 amp. The brand is Altocraft USA Inc.

Unknown said...

Will the included Universal Spindle Mount fit a Bosch Colt router? It does say "universal" after all...

shoshana said...

The preorder site doesn't say when the kits will ship -- or did I just miss it?

shoshana said...

The pre-order page doesn't say when the kits will ship -- or did I just miss it

Andy Roe said...

question from a newbie. What is the difference between the NEMA 17 and NEMA 23 motors? Can you cnc harder materials? Would you please provide an electrical parts list for a NEMA 23 motor setup, screws, washers, nuts, etc?

Andy Roe said...

What advantages do the NEMA 23 motors have over the NEMA 17 motors? Would you please make a electronics parts list for the NEMA 23 motors on the Shapeoko 2?

Andy Roe said...

Thank you, for the NEMA 23 parts list. There appears to be a quanty difference between the NEMA 17 motor and the NEMA 23 motor. Why? Also, do you have a recommended upgrade to the spindle?

Andy Roe said...

Thank you, for the NEMA 23 parts list. There appears to be a quanty difference between the NEMA 17 motor and the NEMA 23 motor. Why? Also, do you have a recommended upgrade to the spindle?

Enrico Dalla Mariga said...

If I buy 220V version, spindle must be 220V, that's right?

Enrico Dalla Mariga said...

If I buy 220VAC full kit version, also spindle must be 220VAC, that's right?

Enrico Dalla Mariga said...

If I buy 220VAC full kit version, also spindle must be 220VAC, that's right?

Bart Dring said...

Andy,

The Z is not compatible with NEMA 23. It must stay as NEMA 17. Therefore, you need (3) 23's and (1) 17.

Matt Schrum said...

I'd like to order the full kit, but I'd like NEMA23 motors and a GT2 set up. Would I have to purchase these items separately and install them myself, or will there be an option later that would include these from the start? I'd just hate to buy the full kit and waste money on NEMA17, etc when I don't want them. And, yes, I know a mech kit option is available, but I'd rather not mess with the electronics myself. Thanks!

Bart Dring said...

Matt,

At this time we are trying to keep the configuration count low to speed up the delivery date.

We have have 1/4" GT2 parts on order, but they have not arrived yet. Once they are delivered and checked in, we will add them to the store.

Matt Schrum said...

Okay, got it-- thanks for the reply!

Glenn West said...

Love what you have done.
It lovely, and its all I can do not to order a kit, but I need bigger build size.

I have two choices, order a complete kit 220v, and then add bigger maker slides, and live with the power problem, or order a mechanical and fight my way up with the plus plus.

Why not do a "big" Shapeoko 2 kit, with the nema 21 and the bigger maker slide. Then life is good.

I'd like a build area of around a meter sq/yard sq

Glenn West said...

Love what you have done.
It lovely, and its all I can do not to order a kit, but I need bigger build size.

I have two choices, order a complete kit 220v, and then add bigger maker slides, and live with the power problem, or order a mechanical and fight my way up with the plus plus.

Why not do a "big" Shapeoko 2 kit, with the nema 21 and the bigger maker slide. Then life is good.

I'd like a build area of around a meter sq/yard sq

Nathan D said...

I was working on amassing all the parts for the Shapeoko 1 when I started seeing the rumblings of a Shapeoko 2.

I have purchase many of the more expensive items (i.e. the steel plate and MakerSlide) and would like to work on the rest. Some are easy, but some are not exactly off the shelf (i.e. Z axis motor mount plate, Delrin Lead nut.) Could you post drawings for the parts list? Especially those parts that I cannot order directly from Inventables.

Do you have a timetable for the drawings to be out? Really want to start working on getting/making these parts!

Bart Dring said...

Glenn,

Right now we are concentrating on delivering the current version. We might consider alternate sizes and configurations in the future.

Bart Dring said...

Nathan

All of the source files are posted on Github for both versions.

Shapeoko 1: https://github.com/shapeoko/ShapeOko

Shapeoko 2:
https://github.com/shapeoko/Shapeoko_2

James Butler said...

Do you think that before the end of the pre-order it would be possible to add a NEMA 23 upgrade to the list of selections?

Bart Dring said...

James,

I am sorry, but we are only doing the NEMA17 version at this time.

Paul Kruger said...

If I were to order the full kit this week, what would be the expected shipping date?

Paul Kruger said...

Can you provide estimated delivery dates after order received?

Shana Robinson said...

How am I supposed to know if my Shapeoko 2 order is on the first 495 pre-orders ? You have not given that information on my receipt.

Thanks.

Jason Toth said...

I'm looking to cut 5mm carbon fiber sheets.

- what drill do you recommend
- whats the max width it will cut

Thanks, Jason

Martyn Williams said...

I'd like to order the Mechanical Kit and the NEMA 23 option, and without the spindle. Is my only option to go through and add each item individually ?

William Adams said...

For people who bought the mechanical kits --- The above lists: Socket Head Screw M3 x 12(mm) Qty 8 which I believe were intended for mounting the terminal blocks --- these are too short for the ones which I received and the instructions now list them as 16mm (which I didn't have, so used 20mm) --- but I think zip ties are a better option.

Terry W said...

I plan on building this with 3 NEMA 23 steppers. You list the following as coming soon.

◦GT2 (coming soon)
◾18 Tooth ¼” Shaft GT2 Pulley Qty 3
◾GT2 Belt ¼” wide Qty 5 feet

It appears that the pulley is available but is the 1/4 inch wide belt considered "close enough" to the 6mm that you have in stock?

pyrokidd89 said...

If I plan on soldering and not using the terminal blocks then do I even need any of the M3 x 12 screws? also what are the M3 x 8 screws used for?

Murat Kilci said...

I am interested in building wooden gear clocks. Can this machine be used to cut accurate parts for a wooden clock? Do I need to upgrade the motors or anything else?

Thanks

Jordan Cole said...

Is the Feb 21 ship date just for the full kit? If I order the barebones, will it ship sooner?

Paul Morton said...

I need a CNC cutting are with 24 x 48 ideally. How difficult would it be for me to upgrade this kit for that.

Paul Morton said...

I need to expand the kit to 24" x 48", how difficult would that be or should I look at a different machine.

John Hayes said...

Paul,

It is very easy to expand the machine, you need only longer lengths of Makerslide, belting, and aluminum extrusion. You will need four pieces of Makerslide and two pieces of aluminum extrusion, at least 50mm longer than the length of Makerslide on that same axis. Also when going this big, make sure you brace your machine every 400-500mm.

John

sawadee said...

Hello,

Has anyone in UK had experience of ordering a "Shapeoko 2 full kit + quiet spindle upgrade pack"? How much did you pay for duty and taxes?

Sawadee

John Hayes said...

Sawadee,

You should be able to calculate import duty and taxes here:

http://www.dutycalculator.com/