Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

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Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:54 am

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The package arrived Friday morning while I was at work. The wife knew how excited I was to finally receive it after 4 months of waiting. Instead of opening it to make moving it easier, she lugged all 60 pounds of it into the computer room and stacked it next to my desktop like giant christmas-in-august present. She gave me a phone call just before lunch to let me know that all was well. Concentrating on work that afternoon was difficult to do what with all the visions of wooden projects dancing in my head.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:56 am

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Somehow I unboxed this from the bottom instead of from the top. Only a fleeting annoyance as I removed all the pieces and arranged them on the floor for gross-level inventory. There is no packing list actually issued, so I didn't notice right away that the 4 plates for X, Y, and Z axis were missing. All of the bagged fasteners and bearings have not been properly inventoried yet either. Salivary production is at an all-time high for the project during this picture.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:57 am

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First order of business for Saturday morning is to print out the build manual which also includes the parts list. A smarter person would have done this somewhere during the 4 months of waiting.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:59 am

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This picture was actually taken later in the build process, but fits better here. Labeling the bags with each part number during the inventory process was an enormous time saver. None the little bits and pieces were easy to identify merely from the terse arcane labels in the parts list. Several had to be identified by measuring lengths & diameters and matching actual count against the expected count. E.g. "there's only one kind of part that there should be 29 of, so I suppose these things in this bag must be that part." That trick would not work again easily during each of the build steps, though. The spacers were especially tricky having all come in one bag. Once identified during inventory, I redistributed them into separate bags such that only one kind of spacer would correspond to the label on the bag. All said and done, I managed to identify all of little pieces correctly. None were missing, but I sometimes had more than the parts list indicated. This discrepancy turns out to be that the parts list is incorrect in a few places.

My wife made several wise cracks about Top Gear presenter James May lining up and tenderly naming all his tools in the early stages of his automotive projects. Fortunately for me, she finds this methodicality on my part to be cute and endearing.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:00 am

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A quick set of emails to support and a week later, my four plates had arrived and I began to build. Again it is a Friday night. Note: the base did not really have any particular dependency on the plates, so I could have started the build sooner if I had wanted. But what better way to spend a Friday night than to build something out of pieces scattered all over the floor next to my bed like a 12 year old?

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:02 am

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This picture is the same as the last, but showing the underside of the base. 14 screws down, only a few hundred more to go.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:03 am

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The base with edge rails added.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:04 am

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And the underside of the same. That's probably enough for one evening.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:05 am

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Here are the two Y-axis plates in correctly mirrored configuration. The build instructions did not mention that two of the motors had long wires, and two had short. Good thing I looked ahead and learned from a step that comes hours later that the short wire motors are the ones needed here.

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Re: Shapeoko 3 #622 build log

Post by jbquinn » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:07 am

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The X-axis plate is the biggest step in the whole build. They really ought to split it into two steps to make things more manageable. This picture is showing the parts for the step gathered and lined up in the order they are numbered on the diagrams for this step. Just gathering all the parts in the correct quantities took significant time.

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