Project ShapeOko

Hive13 Project
Building the Shapeoko2 CNC kit
Hive13 shapeoko initial build.png
Status: Complete
Start Date: 6/19/2014
End Date: 7/15/2014

For the most up to date information on the ShapeOko please visit its page: Shapeoko.

This page is to document this initial build of the Shapeoko which was one of the requirements of the Hive receiving it.

On June 2nd, 2014 it was announced that HIVE13 won a ShapeOko 2 CNC machine kit in the Inventables 50 States 3D Carving Machine Giveaway contest. (Announcement link)

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.

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.
  • 2014-07-15 - Initial build complete and ShapeOko is working! Project complete. :)