- This is an experimental modification
- Your results may vary
- You might do something weird and accidentally burn out your motor driver board
- If that or something else catastrophic happens this is not our fault, you crazy hacker!
That said, here's the instructions. You crazy hacker you.
1. Head on over to the project page and order the list of parts. There's a convenient "add to cart" button that has everything you need.
1. Remove the motor carriage plates from your shapeoko. This basically means: disassemble your Shapeoko most of the way. You need to remove the motor carriages completely from the makerslide, and the easiest way to do this is to remove the screws that hold the makerslide to the plates and frame.
2. Remove the NEMA 17 motors and all the mounting hardware. You should now be left with something that looks like this:
3. Organize your mounting hardware for the NEMA 23s. Each one will need 4x button head cap screws, 4x spacers, 4x washers, and 4x hex nuts.
4. Mount the screw through the motor's mounting hole, then add a spacer, then pass it through the plate, then a washer and the hex nut and tighten it down. It's easier to get all 4 screws in and put the spacers on, then push them into the motor plate all at once. You might want to leave them a little loose until the later steps.
5. Repeat for the other motor mount plates.
6. Attach the pulleys to each motor shaft. You'll want to line each pulley up with the smooth idlers so the belt can travel in a straight line.
7. Once you've got all the motors mounted, you need to slide the motor carriages back onto the Makerslide and reassemble the machine. Here's where it gets tricky:
The NEMA 23's must be mounted on the bottom of their path of travel for the X-axis makerslide to be able to mount properly. Otherwise, the motor will get in the way and it won't work. it will be very frustrating.
Here's that same error from another angle:
If you move the NEMA 23 to the bottom of the mounting holes, it will look like this:
Once you do that, the Makerslide will drop into place easily and square up. So satisfying!
8. Once you get the mechanicals back together, reattach and thread your belts and tighten and calibrate everything. You're now free to experiment with this radical and unorthodox means of Shapeoko movement, including the highly dangerous process of adjusting the amperage on the Gshield motor controllers to give these 23's a little more oomph.
Good luck, and you should probably check in on the Shapeoko forums to see how other folks have fared before you attempt this.