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Hemmel
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New/old forum member

Post by Hemmel » Tue May 07, 2019 5:03 pm

Hi everyone,

I've been a member here since 2014 but have been inactive for the past 4 years.... I had started a thread located at viewtopic.php?t=4304 and it kind of "fell through the cracks", my fault since I stopped logging in.

But now I want to really start using my SkapeOko machine and I guess I would need your help.
I own a ShapeOko 2, I know it's an old model, but I would like to know:

- Is this machine still usable with recent software or do I need to buy a ShapeOko 3 (or other newer machines)?
- Can I "upgrade" my machine in any way, to make it more "modern"?
- I read that some new software will only work with grbl 1.1, but I also read that my controller can only have grbl 0.9. Will I be limited by this?

Any thoughts/comments/ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

halfnormal
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Re: New/old forum member

Post by halfnormal » Wed May 08, 2019 3:49 pm

I would suggest heading over the the Inventables forum. They are the keepers of all things new with Shapeoko 2 and X-Carve (The 2's twin)

https://discuss.inventables.com/categories

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Re: New/old forum member

Post by twforeman » Thu May 09, 2019 4:23 pm

You can do plenty with an S2. I did lots of good work with my S1/S2 hybrid.

The software should mostly work with your S2. You might have issues flashing the latest GRBL to your board, but I'm not an expert on that.

The CAD/CAM stuff doesn't care what machine you are using, the standard Shapeoko post-processor should work.

The S2 is not as rigid as the S3, so you can push it as hard, but you can still do good work with it.
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Re: New/old forum member

Post by WillAdams » Sun May 12, 2019 2:20 am

You can use Carbide Create with the machine as it is.

Upgrades are as listed at: https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/Upgrade_Overview --- you could check in on the Inventables forums too if you wish to look into an upgrade to an X-Carve.

You should be able to upgrade to 1.1 see: https://github.com/gnea/grbl
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