ShapeOko – It’s Alive!

This afternoon I finished attaching the belts and wired up the motors.

I spent a lot of time on the wiring and making it neat and tidy. I got some cable guides and they worked out great.

The first thing you have to run is the ShapeOko “Hello World” plot. So here it is. There is also video of the machine running.

Hello World (with a snake.)
Hello World (with a snake.)

Hmm. Can’t seem to embed YouTube videos right now. Well, here’s a link.

Here are some photos detailing my construction and wiring.

The belt tensioning system I came up with.

Belt Tensioning System
Belt Tensioning System
Gantry Detail.
Gantry.

A closeup of the back of the gantry.

Gantry wiring.
Gantry wiring.

The back side wiring.

Back side.
Back side.

The controller and power supply are mounted to a scrap of plywood for the time being.

Electronics.
Electronics.

And yes, that’s all the brains it takes. The PC only streams the G code to the controller board over a serial port. The board is doing all the heavy lifting.

Running total costs.

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