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Shapeoko march.jpg
Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Hive13 Asset Tag: None
Make/Model: Shapeoko 2 (google)
Arrival Date: 07/2014
Does it work?: yes
Certification Needed?: yes
Contact: User:reportingsjr
Floorplan: 1C


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.

Hive13 was selected by Inventables to receive a Shapeoko 2 (very awesome of them)! We received the unit around the beginning of July 2014. Two build nights were hosted and semi documented under Project ShapeOko. Julien Morand took over building and improving much of the ShapeOko and is currently maintaining it (as of Oct 2014).

How to Use

Todo: explain how to use the ShapeOko

The shapeoko controller has to be compatible with the grbl firmware. Here is a little of compatible software:


Right now, the used software at the hive is GRBL controller 3.0 from zapmaker. When you have generated a Gcode file with favorite CAD to CAM software (CAMBAM, MeshCAM...), you will use the (GRBL) controller to send the coordinates to the Shapeoko.

Prior to any machining, you have to set up the origin of your part.

The choice of the bit, the spindle rotation speed, feed rate and plunge rate require knowledge ans experience. Choosing poorly one of this parameter could damage the machined part, the bit or even the CNC machine.

If you don't know what are you doing or you need confirmation, don't hesitate to ask!

Other resources

Inventables website

ShapeOko website

Shapeoko wiki


2 June 2014

Hive13 is announced as a winner of a ShapeOko 2 from Inventables! Yay!

9 July 2014

Project ShapeOko commences and the ShapeOko is built

30 Sep 2014

New spindle was mounted and in the middle of its first test cut when the electronics died. Currently ordering new stepper controllers in an attempt to repair it.

11 November 2014

The shapoko is working again. A new Gshield has been bought. A first part has been successfully done.

13 January 2015

The shapoko is down for upgrading. Here is the list of the upgrades:

  • 1 the controlling software will new be LinuxCNC ([2]). It required an parallel port connection. A parallel port break out board has been bought for this purpose.
  • 2 the spindle speed will be controlled directly by the software via the parallel breakout board
  • 3 the spindle ON/OFF will be controlled directly by the software
  • 4 the z axis will be upgraded with the ACME upgrade ([3])

The ETA on these operations is on the 20 th of January.

14 February 2015

The shapoko is now available. The LinuxCNC upgrade have been hold for now. The ACME Z axis upgrade is installed. a new waste board have also been installed.