Project ShapeOko

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Hive13 Project
Building the Shapeoko2 CNC kit
Hive13 shapeoko initial build.png
Start Date:6/19/2014
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On June 2nd, 2014 it was announced that HIVE13 won a Shapeoko2 CNC machine kit in the Inventables 50 States 3D Carving Machine Giveaway contest. (Announcement link)

This is the HIVE13 Shapeoko project webpage.

The ShapeOko is a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine which in its default configuration uses a light-duty rotary tool as the spindle. It is a 3-axis machine; able to move the mounted tool up/down, left/right, and forward/backward under computer control with some measure of repeatable precision.

Standard G-Code is used for motion commands, using either Imperial or metric units. It uses Stepping Motors which are controlled by Stepping Drivers attached to an Arduino Microcontroller which is running the Grbl G-Code interpreter. The giveaway includes beta access to Inventable's Easel free cloud based app for design and fabrication, which goes full public later this summer.

Stay tuned for further announcements and return to this page for further details on the upcoming build nights and ongoing related developments.

In the mean time, here are some additional links for your learning pleasure...

Inventables website

Shapeoko website

Shapeoko wiki site

Shapeoko2 wiki

Shapeoko2 build instructions


  • 2014-07-09 - Electronics tested and verified working.
  • 2014-07-09 - Mechanical build complete.


  • 2014-07-15 - Mount and connect electronics.
  • 2014-07-15 - Perform initial pathing tests with marker
  • 2014-07-15 - Mount rotary tool.