ShapeOKO – Build Update #1

ShapeOKO Arrived, boom. Here’s the dining room table. We operate tonight.


My Dining Room Table

My Dining Room Table

Some more thoughts/observations after the jump…

 It may look pretty bad, but it’s only one product… In 27 parts. Maybe more. Everything seems to be here from the promised tools to the hardware, electronics and rotary tool for the basic milling.

Some observations:

1. The product page warns of a possible seven day lead time, however I ordered it Friday, it shipped the following Monday and I received it Wednesday. No problem, if you order one of these you’ll want the time to learn as much as you can about the product, assembly, upgrades, problems and read the forums a few times.

2. It comes in a plain box, nothing fancy. A parts list and a welcome letter. The installation instructions are all online.

3. Since there are so many different versions of ShapeOKO from a wooden version to the current steel version, there’s a lot of photos and descriptions out there. I was expecting to get a project box for the Arduino controller but one didn’t come. Instead you’re expected to tape it to the emergency switch. The Arduino (and GRBL Shield) needs good air flow, you may wish to make sure you keep your motor leads long so that you can keep the Arduino away from sawdust and plastic shavings. I’m certainly going to have to design a project box for it with fan cooling.

4. The Arduino is supposed to come pre-configured. Mine did not. Thankfully I have some prior knowledge with working on the Arduino platform and I recognized the factory default ‘Blink’ program as soon as I hooked it up. If you hook up your Adruino and GRBL to your computer and don’t get the $ GRBL configuration (Once you install the Arduino Drivers first) you may need to load the program yourself. Basically you need the GRBL hex program and a program to upload it. I used XLoader. Just make sure you have the latest GRBL program. And in the future you may need to update GRBL anyway, so it may be good that you might need to load this yourself.





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2 Responses to ShapeOKO – Build Update #1

  1. Simon February 1, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    I hope you didn’t write on the table? :)

    I’ll be watchning the build with great interest as I’m planning on doing the same thing in the very near future. So many thanks for the update.


    • John February 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Simon, it’s a 48″ wide roll of Kraft paper. I can write on it, separate my parts, keep them together and I don’t get yelled at for damaging the table.

      Slowly gathering parts to upgrade. My Acme Z-Axis upgrade came in yesterday, as did some brush attachments for a vacuum to make a vacuum rig, limiter buttons and t-slot clamps. Eventually I want to upgrade the X-Axis with two maker bars and ShapeOKO just released a Dual Y-Axis motor mod for milling harder materials (the whole assembly can flex if the motor is driving the tool too quick for the cutting bit). See:

      Thanks for the comments!

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