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by zenwebb
Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:23 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Arduino mount for ShapeOko 1
Replies: 0
Views: 458

Arduino mount for ShapeOko 1

I bought a ShapeOko 1 (back in the day, lol) and am trying to figure out how to mount my Arduino and grblShield securely. I'd really like to mount it directly to the Y gantry endplate like the ShapeOko 2, but I am having trouble locating design files for a suitable mount. Right now my electronics ar...
by zenwebb
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:09 am
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: 3D CAM Tool Poll
Replies: 47
Views: 40054

Re: 3D CAM Tool Poll

So far, none of the available free CAM options work for me, so I haven't touched my ShapeOko in about 5 months. I want to mill in 3D (smooth curves and generative sculptures), and have yet to find a decent option for that. I do a lot of work with 3D printing, so I am very familiar with a variety of ...
by zenwebb
Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:55 am
Forum: CAM Help
Topic: Free 3D (STL) G-code generator?
Replies: 7
Views: 13311

Re: Free 3D (STL) G-code generator?

If HeeksCNC is the best option out there for free CNC milling, then the hobby community is in trouble! It's not friendly at all, and lacks proper documentation. But I'll keep plugging away with it, because it seems like I may not have a choice. Skeinforge is an absolute nightmare and I try to stay f...
by zenwebb
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: CAM Help
Topic: Free 3D (STL) G-code generator?
Replies: 7
Views: 13311

Re: Free 3D (STL) G-code generator?

Thankfully, I've been into the 3D printing scene for a little while and have gotten pretty good with 3D CAD tools (OpenSCAD is my weapon of choice :)). It's really just the CAM aspect that is new to me. In 3D printing, the CAM is relatively simple, I think because you only ever deal with one extrude...
by zenwebb
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:10 am
Forum: CAM Help
Topic: Free 3D (STL) G-code generator?
Replies: 7
Views: 13311

Free 3D (STL) G-code generator?

I finally got my ShapeOko to move for the first time the other day, and now I'm looking forward to plan some future projects. I really find 2D milling to be pretty boring, so I'm really looking at making smooth 3D cuts. I regularly do 3D printing and find the software to be a little quirky at times,...
by zenwebb
Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Microstep resolution - why not 16x all the time?
Replies: 2
Views: 928

Microstep resolution - why not 16x all the time?

I'm curious, the wiki assumes 8x microstepping on the X and Y axes, and 2x on the Z axis, but why is that? I'm using the BuildLog stepper shield, and it can be configured for 16x microstepping on all axes. Why wouldn't you want to have the electronics set up for the highest available resolution?
by zenwebb
Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Assembly
Topic: Having a hard time getting frame assembled.
Replies: 3
Views: 1078

Having a hard time getting frame assembled.

I've been trying to assemble my ShapeOko frame for about a month now (between school and work :P), but I just cannot get the Y axis motion to feel smooth! When none of the eccentric nuts are tightened, the motion is very smooth and slides with very little force. I've tried tensioning the wheels one ...
by zenwebb
Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: Trim Routers
Topic: How to mount DW660?
Replies: 43
Views: 13436

How to mount DW660?

I've been trying to figure out what spindle to get for quite a while, and have been leaning towards the DeWalt DW660. However, I'm having trouble figuring out how to mount it to my Z axis. I only ordered the mechanical kit from Inventables, and the spindle mount hardware doesn't look big enough to h...
by zenwebb
Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Finding ShapeOko serial number
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

Finding ShapeOko serial number

Seems like everyone has figured this out except me :P Where do I go to find my ShapeOko serial number and batch number?
by zenwebb
Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:41 am
Forum: Rotary Tools (like dremel)
Topic: Spindle source - how low can I go?
Replies: 2
Views: 1470

Spindle source - how low can I go?

I'm putting together my ShapeOko mechanical kit, and am reaching a point where I need to source my spindle. I had already ruled out the spindles recommended by the community (Proxxon and DeWalt DW660) due to their price, and have been wondering about some of the lower end models. I was thinking of g...