The Shapeoko 2 arrived free of charge last spring: Thanks Inventables! It has been mostly assembled and somewhat functional since fall. Now the final tweaking has been done and it runs. Here’s proof:
In addition to laser cutting, extruding, and sawing; 7HMS (7Hills Makerspace) members can now enjoy milling materials. The process starts by attaching material to the waste board. This can be done by using packing tape to tape down the work piece.
Next create your design in Easel (cloud-based CAM software, http://www.easel.com) or you import an SVG file from inkscape or elsewhere Into Easel. Easel will walk you through all the steps to get your milling job started. Once the Shapeoko is cutting away on your project, you can contain the dust using the Coroplast box. When the milling is done, have the vacuum ready to suck up the dust and clean off your work.
As soon as the Creative Technology students hear the lecture on milling (next Monday), Berry’s Shapeoko 1 will join the Shapeoko 2 in the makerspace. The work flows are the same. The size of the Shapeoko 1 is just a little smaller.