Michael's instruments are devices that combine sound, light, motion, and rhythm to produce a completely unique experience.
At the heart of these contraptions are custom designed circuit boards. Before he got a Shapeoko, Michael would send each circuit prototype out to be made by a contract manufacturer.
Michael can now design a board, cut it on the Shapeoko and rapidly test his designs. Because Shapeoko is so versatile, he can also use it to carve the wooden case and acrylic faceplate of his signature instrument, the Gemini Capsule.
Through his work with Shapeoko, Michael became so excited about the possibilities of 3D carving that he decided to join the Inventables team as Head of Marketing to help spread the word.
Liz is a tinkerer and developer who’s equally skilled at building physical and digital products. She makes things like a wifi connected gumball machine (powered by Raspberry Pi), or a telepresence robot that uses an Android phone.
Liz has customized her Shapeoko with a Dewalt DW660 spindle, and milled the spindle mounts herself out of a plastic cutting board. She carved out custom clamps and added threaded inserts in the waste board.
See more of what Liz has made on her website Rettger Galactic.
At his shop Handmade America, he and his crew use a variety of tools and machines to build everything from furniture to signs to motorcycles.
Ryan has a really big CNC router for heavy duty projects, but he wanted a carving machine he could use anywhere. Enter the Shapeoko.
Ryan has customized his Shapeoko with a Makita spindle and an aluminum enclosure for the electronics (made with the Shapeoko itself!). He's even hooked up an XBOX 360 controller to jog the machine around.
Shapeoko 2 is a simple, low cost, open source 3D Carving (CNC milling) machine kit that can be built over a weekend.
You can use Shapeoko to carve materials such as wood, plastic, and aluminum.
For more details, see the FAQ section below.
Stepper Motors (Full Kit)
(4) Nema 17 62 oz/in
Controller (Full Kit)
3 Axis Arduino Based with grbl installed
550mm x 510mm
Power Supply (Full Kit)
24v 3.75A DC Power Supply
298mm x 301mm x 54mm
Spindle tool size
Here are some common accessories for your Shapeoko.
There are a number of software options you can use with Shapeoko. Inventables is currently developing Easel®, a free web app that lets you design and carve projects right from your browser.
If not using Easel, you will need three separate pieces of software:
A common free software chain consists of Inkscape, MakerCam, and Universal G-Code-Sender. We also sell a variety of higher-end software programs.
Assembly is required before you can use it. It does take some work to build a Shapeoko, but if you can tighten a bolt, you can assemble it. If you purchase a Full Kit, all the tools you need are included.
The Shapeoko forum provides complete build instructions.
Many Shapeoko owners upgrade their machine to meet their needs. Here are some packages to get you started.
Shapeoko has inspired and enabled thousands of people to join the world of 3D carving. Experience that community yourself through the Shapeoko forum.
The forum is a friendly place to browse for project inspiration, find answers to your questions, and connect with other Shapeoko owners.
You can also ask our customer support team a question directly.
This is the second generation of Shapeoko, and includes major improvements compared to the first version. Edward Ford has spent years perfecting a 3D carving machine kit that anyone can build. Learn more about the story of Shapeoko.
To operate this machine you need to be 18 years or older or supervised by an adult. The milling bits are spinning fast and can cause injury if proper safety precautions are not taken. Our lawyers ask that you read our full legal terms.
Design it in 2D, view it in 3D, and make it with Shapeoko 2. Instantly.
Learn more at easel.com
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Besides a Full Kit the only other item you will need is a computer. If you order the Mechanical Kit you will need to source your own electronics and provide the following tools: 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm Allen Keys, 5/16 or 8mm wrench,13mm box wrench (2), Small Slotted Screwdriver, M5 Tap and Handle (a little oil helps).
Essentially you will need 3 software tools for working with the machine: A CAD program for drawing, a CAM program for generating tool paths and a Controller software that provides the interface to send the computer code between your computer and the machine’s controller. We recommend trying out our new Easel software, which combines all 3 into 1 solution and is free to use. There are many available software options that can range in price from free to expensive.
As long as your program can export standard g-code the Shapeoko along with the Arduino controller included in the full kits it will work.
Woods (both hard and soft), various plastics and non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper and brass.
The machine has a total cutting area of 298mm x 301mm x 54mm. The open frame configuration allows for some longer size materials to fit into the machine.
We are unable to break apart kits at this time.
We do offer many of the parts needed to modify your machine to a different size but don’t offer these in the form of kits.
The Shapeoko can easily be expanded in length and width and modified into different configurations. The Shapeoko forum is a great place to discover what is possible.
Yes available files can be found here.
Many of the parts are sold as individual components on our website. If you have received a defective or damaged part please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set you up with replacement parts.
Because the Shapeoko machines are sold as kits and require assembly we are unable to offer machine service plans or warranties. However, if you run into any problems with assembling your kit or getting your machine to function properly you can get help by contacting email@example.com.
Yes the machine is capable of cutting 3-dimensional parts. The ability to cut in ‘3D’ is a function of the CAM software being used.
110V and 220V are voltage requirements for providing electrical power to the machine. Countries like the United States, Canada, Japan and Taiwan work with 110V while most countries in Europe and many other parts of the world use 220V. You should select the voltage based on where you plan to plug the machine in and use it.
We recommend starting with our blog post Milling 101.
The resolution for the X- and Y-axis is 40 steps per mm (1016 steps per inch) which comes out to 0.025mm (~0.001in) of resolution. The resolution for the Z axis is 1280 steps per mm which comes out to 0.00078mm of resolution. A properly tuned and calibrated machine should get to a resolution of 0.003" to 0.005" (~0.075mm to 0.127mm).
550mm x 510mm, fully assembled machine weighs approximately 27 pounds.
298mm x 301mm x 54mm.
The Full Kit includes a generic brand dremel tool with the following basic specifications: 1/8" collet, 120V, 1.2A Rotary Tool Kit, 10,000 – 35,000 RPM.
Mechanical and Full Kits currently ship in a 24 inch x 14 inch x 4 inch size box. Mechanical Kits weigh approximately 19 pounds, Full kits weigh approximately 29 pounds and “The Works” ships in 2 boxes, one that is 24 inches x 14 inches x 4 inches and one that is 20 inches x 20 inches x 4 inches. Total weight is approximately 41 pounds. Please note box dimensions can vary based on other items included in your order.