Hi! New here but have had the Shapeoko XXL for almost a year now and have dabbled in CNC stuff for a few years. We’re actually building an affordable fiber laser metal cutter from scratch right now!
I just wanted to share that I ordered a 3/8" Makita collet from Elaire corp and also a digital indicator with a protected plunger at the top. The idea is I can mount it in the router (unplugged) and sweep across the future Alca5 cast baseplate that will eventually be added.
We do dragknife cutting using a Donek D3 with costly material and having a good base is key (have had too much scrap). However, until all those upgrades are done, we are going to try our spring loaded Donek D3 idea today or tomorrow.
Just yesterday we took the leveling feet off and placed the Shapeoko on a 1" thick EVA foam mat.
Some more helpful information: for non-basic shapes, we use the Fusion360 paid Dragknife plugin by Peter Böker. For basic shapes, we wrote a terminal script where you select the shape and dimensions and it automatically saves a gcode file without having to do any CAD or CAM work; it’s very fast! 98% of the shapes we cut use the terminal script.