Finally have my Franken-oko up and running

I had lots of leftover parts from upgrades, so I decided to try and make a new Shapeoko3. The main thing missing was the Y axis plates, which Carbide would not sell me. I had someone cut a couple for me with a water jet for $70, which I though was a great price. Electronics and a few other parts were easy enough to source. I got the whole thing together for about $270.

Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but it’s together and working great.



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Yeah, especially for an SO3->XXL upgrade, I wish that we could work up a parts kit which would allow one to build a new machine — I’ve suggested that we set up a program where folks would donate their left-over parts to a non-profit, we would sell the needed parts at cost, and the donor would do support for the non-profit, but it’s just not feasible for a small company.

Arguably, the best thing for folks to do is buy new machines rather than upgrading and sell or donate the original.

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