Showing posts from August, 2014

Autodesk's Fusion 360 now supports Shapeoko!

Autodesk's deep catalog of CAD and CAM software is well known for being easy to use and highly powerful for creating pretty much everything. A new feature you may not be aware of is that Fusion 360 and CAM 360 now support exporting gcode for Shapeoko.

Youtube user jgilbert20 breaks it all down and shows you how to take a 3D design to finished pieces:

Autodesk's Fusion 360 and CAM 360 are available to try for free from Autodesk's website for 30 days, and are free for students and enthusiasts. Thanks Autodesk!

What actually goes on in the Inventables office? Secrets revealed!

Last week we were visited by Bob from I Like To Make Stuff, who just happened to be in town on unrelated awesomeness. He brought his camera and we gave him a tour of our office, warehouse and workshop. Here's that glimpse into the workings of our machine, captured for posterity:

Thanks Bob! And check out his website I Like To Make Stuff.

Quiet Cut Spindle for Shapeoko CNC Router with ER11 Collets & Mounting Options

Here is a short tutorial to show the Quiet Cut Spindle from Inventables and to answer a few basic questions.

#1 Question - How quiet is is?  Very quiet. Please watch the video below to compare it to the standard rotary tool.

#2 How do I mount it? Because the Quiet Cut Spindle is much shorter than a rotary tool you might find that you have to mount it lower. There are two good ways to do this. Option two is the preferred method because it gives you the maximum clearance under the gantry.

Option One - lower the MakerSlide
Loosen the 4 screws securing the MakerSlide to the Z-axisLower the MakerSlide so the cutting bit can reach the waste boardRe-square the MakerSlide with the waste boardTighten the mounting screws
Option Two - swap the mounting block with the Delrin nut
Remove the hardware holding the upper mounting blockRemove the two screws holding the Delrin nutLower the Z-axis plate below the end of the MakerSlideAttach the mounting block to the lower holes, where the Delrin nut wasManu…