Power Carving And CNC – Introduction To Shapeoko 2

Shapeoko 2 CNC Introduction
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I am super excited to be able to introduce the Shapeoko 2 from Inventables.com.

They recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in using a CNC machine and testing things out and seeing what I can do it.

Let’s say I’m excited for the opportunity.

Learn More About Inventables Here:

Website: https://www.inventables.com/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/inventables
Newest Version X-Carve: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve

I am brand-new to using a CNC machine but am versed in power tools and wood, and the opportunity to implement more technology into my workflow will only help me progress through my carvings faster.

***The newest version of the Shapeoko 2 is the X-Carve. The X-Carve is a big improvement, and I can tell that they have been listening to their customers feedback.**

About The Shapeoko 2

The Shapeoko 2 is an open source version of a CNC machine. That means that every component can be bought separately and assembled in many different variations depending on the need and use of the machine.

This term “open source” pertains to everything from the hardware components stepper motors to software to operate and create the code to run the CNC machine.

My Experience So Far

Setting up the Shapeoko 2 was pretty straightforward. The instructions that Inventables provides are very thorough, and I was able to progress through the instructions at a reasonable pace.

Having the addition of a YouTube Video demonstrating the assembly process was invaluable in my ability to quickly decipher the blueprints and begin each assembly step.

All the components of the Shapeoko 2 CNC machine seem to be very good quality for an entry-level machine that is quite inexpensive for the market.

Once the machine was assembled I was able to complete the first couple of test projects from the instructions provided by Inventables.

The First Couple Of Projects

Shapeoko 2 Marker Project ImageOnce the machine is assembled the first project is to use a sharpie marker to write out the text “Shapeoko 2” on a piece of paper. This was a fun project and the most difficult part about it was the fact that I did not have a sharp sharpie to complete the process.

My dull sharpie marker made for a less than stellar performance.

Shapeoko 2 Letter Project ImageThe next project is actually cutting a design. I followed the steps using the open-source software that is all free, and was able to cut my first project using the Shapeoko 2.

It was a lot of fun to watch, and I was excited to have the opportunity to learn this new avenue of woodworking.

Learn More About Inventables Here:

Website: https://www.inventables.com/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/inventables
Newest Version X-Carve: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve

***The newest version of the Shapeoko 2 is the X-Carve. The X-Carve is a big improvement, and I can tell that they have been listening to their customers feedback.**

All in all I would say that using the Shapeoko 2 and introducing the CNC into my woodcarving work flow is something that I look forward to.

I highly encourage everyone to take a look at the Shapeoko 2, and the new to be released Shapeoko 3, and everything else that Inventables has to offer.

In the coming weeks I hope to present to you new and exciting work that integrates the Shapeoko 2 CNC machine with power carving.

I want to say ‘Thank You’ to Inventables.com for giving me the oppertunity to introduce the CNC into my Power Relief Carving work flow.

There will be more videos to come using the CNC and Power Relief Carving.

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