Category Archives: CNC

My project to build a desktop CNC machine.

grbl + SuperPID2 = Super Awesome

I bought a SuperPID2 to control the spindle on my ShapeOko v1.

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Lastest Changes

Wired the Arduino to take power from the 12V supply for the LED light ring. No longer have a need for a separate wall-wart to power the Arduino. Also upgraded to the latest version of grbl 0.9i. This has support … Continue reading

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LED Light Ring

I bought a couple of 80mm diameter LED Angel Eyes on eBay for AU$7.75 from this seller. These LED light rings are designed to accessorise car head lights. The inside diameter should be large enough to go around the barrel … Continue reading

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New Pulleys

The new all aluminium pulleys are installed. The v-rollers have been adjusted. The Shapeoko is ready to run another job. The job is a plate that my daughter wanted saying “I Lover Elfie”. Ellie is our new kitten. The job … Continue reading

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Split Pulley

I was doing my head in trying to find out why I was skipping steps running a job in poplar. After finding the problem occurring during an air cut I knew it wasn’t a hard spot in the material. Add … Continue reading

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Enclosure Test

The enclosure did a great job keeping dust in. The vacuum in cleaner in the corner kept a negative pressure in the enclosure preventing dust from escaping. There was very little dust collecting on the top of the router. I’m … Continue reading

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Another Desktop CNC Update

Added 5mm acrylic panels to the front and top of the Shapeoko enclosure. Panels are attached to one another with piano hinge using M4 x 15 bolts with nylon nuts. The top panel is attached at the back with piano … Continue reading

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Desktop CNC Update

Spent today building the enclosure for the ShapeOko. Left, right, and rear sides are 12mm ply with bracing at the front top and bottom. The panels are held together with screw on angle brackets.   The top and front have … Continue reading

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Desktop CNC Progress

I put in a couple of solid days working on the ShapeOko desktop CNC. The following has been achieved: Upgraded grbl to 0.9g. Combined¬†stepper and limit switch ¬†wiring into a single 7 core cable. Installed drag chain for cable management … Continue reading

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Z-Axis Stop

The stop for the Z-Axis limit switch was installed today. This allows the axis to retract away from the table. The limit switches for all axes have been wired up. Homing the axes also works. The direction for each axis … Continue reading

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