Shapeoko 3 enclosure


(Anders Malmberg) #1

Hi! I just received my shapeoko and before I start making wood chips I thought I would build an enclosure. To this I will connect my home-made cyclone separator and a separate control panel to control the milling machine, lighting and vacuum cleaner.

I have also decided to dedicate an old computer to run carbide motion, to this I will use a capacitive touchscreen. It will primarily be used to start the project and minor adjustments.

So far I have come:


(Anders Malmberg) #2


Touchscreen to use with Carbide Motion.


(Anders Malmberg) #3


My first version of my home-made cyclone separator. The next version will be made of polycarbonate instead of acrylic.

I’m thinking about the layout of the door. I think it will be double layer acrylic with an air gap that I mount on the box with neodymium magnets. The inside of the box will be covered with sound absorbing insulation.


(Phil Thien) #4

Polycarbonate is softer and tends to scratch/cloud more easily than acrylic, though it can be bent without cracking more easily.

PETG might be a good alternative, I think that is what ClearVue cyclones are using.

I like your Bosch drill press, I wish they sold those in the U.S.

I also like your enclosure, the extra height will be helpful.


(Anders Malmberg) #5

It does not matter if the cyclone separator gets scratched as long as it does not crack :slight_smile:
The Bosch pillar drill works really well, very affordable. I have equipped the base with a machine table for smaller milling works, highly recommended!


(Anders Malmberg) #6

I have come to the conclusion that I need a wireless way of adjusting the position of the milling machine. I have seen different variants of wireless keyboards, but I have not decided for which to choose.

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Being able to move the machine seamlessly with an analog joystick where speed depends on the movement of the thumb stick would have been perfect, but I do not think carbide motion supports this.

Cheapo “from coutch control your home-media-center” solutions is not very good in my experience, but maybe that will have to do… At least for now.


(William Adams) #7

A numeric keypad will work — there are buttons for it: