Shapeoko 2 Build Is Under Construction


This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is "Canon EOS 5D." Lens used is "16.0-35.0 mm." Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

Front view of the Shapeoko 2 with a Makita spindle and spindle holder from China. This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is “Canon EOS 5D.” Lens used is “16.0-35.0 mm.” Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

This is my Shapeoko 2 CNC Mill that I’m putting together. I’ve worked with laser cutters in the past and I’m hoping that knowledge base; helps me with this project. However, I’ve never built a CNC machine or worked with one. I don’t even know anything about CNC, so building it is taking me a while. I hope that I can learn fast and start using it to make art.

This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is "Canon EOS 5D." Lens used is "16.0-35.0 mm." Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is “Canon EOS 5D.” Lens used is “16.0-35.0 mm.” Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

My goal is to make a type of sign art from vector art I already have. I’ve tried doing it using chisels and also powered tools but I can’t get the detail and precision I need. This is where the Shapeoko 2 will come in handy. It is a tool that can be used to mill plastics, metals and wood.

This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is "Canon EOS 5D." Lens used is "16.0-35.0 mm." Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

I’m using the TinyG CNC controller for my build. This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is “Canon EOS 5D.” Lens used is “16.0-35.0 mm.” Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

I have the Shapeoko 2 kit built, it’s just waiting to be wired up. I also have the electronics and metal housing working… I just need to wire this together and maybe paint the case. I found an old Sony CD Changer (remember those?) in my electronics junk pile. The Cd changer has just the right dimensions to house the TinyG CNC controller, power supply and fans.

This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is "Canon EOS 5D." Lens used is "16.0-35.0 mm." Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

When I’m not working on the Shapeoko 2, my daughter uses it to display her animal collection. This image was created by: Marlon Lopez MMG1design. Camera used is “Canon EOS 5D.” Lens used is “16.0-35.0 mm.” Copyright Marlon Lopez MMG1design. All rights reserved.

About Marlon Lopez

As a designer and photog, I enjoy exploring creative ideas and collaborating with artist, photographers and designers to make unique creatives. I have a strong background in all aspects of design. I have experience in print design, web site design, advertising, corporate identity, brochures, yellow page directories, direct mail, and interactive design. My design solutions emerge from a comprehensive design process, and a understanding of my clients needs.

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