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You won’t like ShapeOKO when it’s angry…

I guess I shouldn’t have ignored the urge, I mounted my normal sized ShapeOKO to a 2×4′ worktable and then thought “Wouldn’t it be nice to upgrade the mill take up the whole table?”  Here it is, the 2x4Oko, or ShapeOKO Hulked out. Originally 15″ square, now 24×48″. Eventually I’ll get all of these modifications out of the way and actually start milling things…

Details to come…

The 2x4Oko

The 2x4Oko, 2×4′ worktable. Cut area is about 17×36″

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ShapeOKO Fixed, and Permanent home

Both Inventables and Syntheos were pretty quick to get me a new GRBL. Syntheos hooked me up with a v4 while even my replacement from Inventables was a v3. Not much difference but the v3 is now my spare while the v4 is now the workhorse.

Clamp down the poplar and send the round box through.. Everything cut fine but I was getting skewed circles so I decided to cut it again slower and at a smaller cut depth between passes. Still askew. Circles were ovals, what in the world could the problem be?

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My ShapeOKO is dead, Long Live the ShapeOKO

Comic Sans! The most hated font in the universe.

Comic Sans! The most hated font in the universe.

Well, the ShapeOKO isn’t dead, but my GRBL shield on the Arduino is. With less than 30 minutes on it, while moving the X/Y axis to start a job the GRBL went ‘POP!’.

So, let’s take some time talking about the ShapeOKO while I wait patiently for a replacement.
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ShapeOKO – Build Update #2

Put on some music, cover the table with craft paper, take a deep breath and then start the process. Building the ShapeOko is a major lesson in anger management.

But not because of frustration with the hardware, frustration with how many different versions there are, versions of build instructions, videos and photos.

So, hopefully these observations will assist anyone with a current version of the kit when looking for answers.

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ShapeOKO – CNC Mill

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ShapeOko CNC Milling Machine

It’s no big mystery that old wet plate photographic equipment is scarce, and the pieces that have lasted this long are nothing you want to put a plate dripping with silver nitrate into.

So, for the next few weeks I’m building a Stock ShapeOKO CNC Milling machine. What is a CNC Machine? It’s a computer guided precise router, drill, laser or 3D extruder. Design in a CAD program, export it, designate how the computer translates the machine to your work and let it rip. When set properly, the mill will create accurate real world models out of your 3D File.

If all goes well I’ve got a few wet plate camera/accessory, darkroom and general photography designs in mind. Pardon the milling posts, however because the whole ShapeOKO is built on open source hardware, software and a giant community of people who share their findings, my own findings will make their way here.

But it won’t be too long until I’m at the point of getting into camera and accessory building with the mill.

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