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A1art
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Questions about Shapeoko 2

Post by A1art » Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:37 am

Hi all,

Im wondering if the Shapeoko 2 complete upgraded kit is the right choice for my first cnc machine and have a few questions.

1: Do these machines use lots of electricity? Any estimated cost per hour of use?

2: Do you need a newer or certain type of PC/laptop to install the mach 3 software or other programs? Any suggestions on an affordable computer to use just for the Shapeoko 2 machine?

3: Will the Shapeoko 2 hold up for 14 hour runs continuously one after another. I need to make a few dozen parts that take about 14 hours each finish. Will the machine handle the wear and tear?

Thanks in advance! looking forward to hopefully owning a Shapeoko 2

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Re: Questions about Shapeoko 2

Post by WillAdams » Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:53 am

I don't believe the electric usage is excessive (this may be dependent on your choice of spindle).

Pretty much any machine w/ a USB port will work --- I use an ancient Tablet PC (Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4110)

Long runs have been done, but require a bit of setup and testing first --- I'd certainly recommend limit switches, and I'm curious if the wider belt upgrades would help w/ this sort of thing.
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Re: Questions about Shapeoko 2

Post by Luxx » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:58 am

for long runs I would recommend good cooling on your driver boards, and possible cooling on your stepper motors, as well as a descent spindle that you will be comfortable with running for that long.
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Re: Questions about Shapeoko 2

Post by cozmicray » Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:18 am

What machine required 14 hours for job?

A high speed rotary spindle running for 14 hours
is the problem.

I don't think the dremel like Altocraft spindle will handle it.

Perhaps a water cooled VFD spindle about
the cost of a Shapeoko 2 kit would be required.
Thousands of Kwh.

All the fasteners on Shapeoko locked with lock washers
and thread locker.

A track / bolt down clamping system
http://www.rockler.com/auto-lock-t-track-clamp
http://www.bestwoodworkingrouters.com/C ... amps.shtml

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Re: Questions about Shapeoko 2

Post by WillAdams » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:15 am

I ran my Dremel 4000 for about 7 hours, more-or-less continuously. Aside from the bit coming loose once, things went fine --- the noise was a big impetus for upgrading the spindle though.
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