eShapeoko is Catalin Voinescu's version of the Shapeoko. (Catalin is an active member of this Forum)
stands for Europe - his store is in the UK: http://amberspyglass.co.uk
From there you're able to order almost everything you'll need to assemble a full functioning machine - mechanical and electronic parts. Everything but the Waste Board (that comes from any hardware store near you) and the rotary tool / spindle (see below).
and the Shapeoko 2
aren't the same, but they're about evenly matched.
- only companies can register and purchase from Misumi Europe (based in Germany).
With aluminum T-Slot
frames you can build a working bed with clamping slots, or an enclosure for your machine.
In aluminum extrusion, T-Slot seems to be more common with a 6mm slot.
The first place to search for these should be a home improvement store, such as AKI
and the like.
When I start building my own MDF working table I'll make sure to update this section.
Some clamping tools for 8mm t-slot frame: http://www.sorotec.de/shop/CNC-Accessor ... -Clamping/
TODO: Tools for alignment
A few tools that one can use to properly align the machine. I have yet to spend some time on the wiki.
Ways to ensure proper alignment over time...?
Somewhere I've read (or maybe watched on youtube) about a digital level. Very precise, in the order of 0.01 degrees. Maybe
it was an iGaging AngleCube
Stepper Motors (NEMA17/NEMA23)
Always pay attention to all the specs. NEMA 17/23 aren't specific models: they're general standards for building these types of motors.
There's a brand named Nanotec
, I don't know this brand, but they have a great range of products, and they're represented in Portugal by bibus.pt
You can always order them with the eShapeoko.
can be a nice touch for the wiring
has a lot of products series: NES, SE, LRS (low profile ~30mm), ERP, HLG (dust-proof fanless design, high efficiency, but expensive)...
I went with the ERP-350-36, a 36V 350W supply to take the most out of those steppers (you do need the appropriate motor drivers, adequate capacitors, etc.), got it for ~45 EUR + VAT. It seems pretty sturdy, we'll see how it behaves in the long run. The NES/LRS would also work, but those have a fan so they're intended for a cleaner workspace.
If you're looking for 24V power supplies
, many LED strip vendors (LED lighting, electrical supplies for electricians...) have them for 24V LEDs. These tipically range from 60W to 300W
are just two good examples of electrical supply stores, but they're physical stores - you'd have to go there or at least call them on the phone.
Ask about four-wire shielded cable
for the stepper motors, while you're at it
I've seen many people call it LiYCY cable
. Got it in 4x1mm for the stepper motors, and 2x0.75mm for the homing switches.
Unshielded cable will work, but it can cause electrical interference
with other components. RGB cable (for LED strips) is 4-wire and works for short distances (avoid any longer than 1,5 meters because of the voltage-drop on such thin wires).
You can also try a few electronics stores (listed below).
Electronics (Arduino, stepper motor drivers...)
Rotary Tool / Spindle / Router
There are a lot of options
, many people go with the 300W "Quiet Cut Spindle" that you can find in Inventables
, and all over China (eBay, Aliexpress, and so on)
I will be purchasing a DeWalt DWP611 (Europe model D26200)*
. Mounting it / fixing it in place will probably be a challenge since I don't have a lot of tools.
For a list of DeWalt dealers in Portugal, hopefully this link will work for you: http://www.dewalt.pt/dealers/
Personally I'm thinking of ordering from ToolStop (UK)
, it may be less expensive, even with shipping costs.
Do your research.
Either way, be sure of getting a 230-240V version, that's the mains power voltage in Portugal *Update*
This router comes with an UK power plug, I had to cut it off and install a standard EU plug.
* Collets and Nuts
for this router - got mine from FrezyCNC, see below.
(don't judge them by the looks of their website, quality is top-notch) are represented in Europe
- this is where I got my collet kit and several endmills. They don't have the DeWalt DWP611 kits in stock, but they're able to order from the US supplier regularly.
* Discussion - http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3369
- cmcta82 is a Portuguese user and discusses this topic.
* Drillman1 (on eBay) http://stores.ebay.com/carbideplus/ http://www.ebay.com/usr/drillman1
- never tried them out
Raw Materials for milling/machining
Google can be your friend. Sometimes the words need to be carefully chosen in order to get the best results.
In Portugal there's also this site, http://www.pai.pt
(yellow pages), most industrial companies are registered here.
* FR1 boards (phenolic/paper) for PCB milling
(single and double-sided) - FR4 (epoxy/fiberglass) should be avoided because it's harder on the endmills, and the resulting dust is bad for your health. However, FR1 seems very
hard to find. So far I've ordered FR4 from this store at aliexpress.com - Your Cee
- search for FR4 single side
and FR4 double side
- local hardware stores should be enough.
* Wood (solid)
- if you have the appropriate tools, you may find firewood or pallets as good sources for soft
pine woods (maybe not the best
woods for machining).
** For all wood types, you can search for a local lumber yard, mill/carpenter shop... ask them, it won't hurt. You may also pay a visit to a wood factory (in portuguese serralharias [de madeira]
), we have lots of small businesses that probably won't mind helping or pointing in the right direction.
* Foam - Polystyrene
(PT-Poliestireno) - this is used in civil construction for heat isolation. If you want I can contact a company near mine, they fabricate this and sell it to a lot of distributors.
* Machining wax
* Plastic / HDPE
- If you know someone that has a 3D printer, maybe they can shine a light on the subject.
(PVC) - no online store
* Engraving plastic sheets:
- ABS/Hot stamping foil
** http://www.maquinasecompanhia.com/fresa ... otular.php
- they call this Trafolite
** http://www.sorotec.de/shop/Materials/En ... erial-1-5/
(Acrylic, Polycarbonate, PVC) - no online store
** http://www.maquinasecompanhia.com/laser ... gravar.php
- 3.0-5.0mm, available in several colors, transparent and opaque
** DIAMETRO - Leiria - Alloys 6061 and 6082-T651, thickness 15 and 25mm. Only sells in larger quantities, but you can PM me to get a smaller piece.
** G. LEAL - Maia, Sintra - Alloy 5083, machinability still untested
- no online store, but it's possible to order via phone and e-mail. Normally you'll have to wire transfer the payment in advance.
** http://www.maquinasecompanhia.com/laser ... gravar.php
- anodized for engraving, 0.5-2.0mm available in several colors
(PT-Latão) - from what's been reported, it has to be a special softer brass, with a small percentage of lead.
** http://www.maquinasecompanhia.com/fresa ... gravar.php
- for engraving, 0.6-1.27mm
Sites/Vendors that I've read about and haven't had the time to visit: