Shapeoko 2 Milling Machine Launches Today

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Shapeoko 2 Milling Machine Launches Today


Shapeoko was the little milling machine that could. It surpassed its Kickstarter goal and went into production with the goal of supplying CNC mill fans with an easy-to-use and inexpensive ($300) CNC machine.

Two years after the Kickstarter campaign concluded, creator Edward Ford has joined forces with Inventables to build the Shapeoko 2, which goes on pre-sale today. The second version features a completely redesigned Z-axis, dual Y-axis steppers, as well as Inventables’ MakerSlide linear bearing system.

If you’ll be in Chicago on today, Inventables will be holding a Shapeoko 2 launch event where you’ll get the opportunity to see the machine in action. You can also pre-order the kit. The price is $300 for just the mechanics — just add electronics — or you can get a full kit for $650.

10 thoughts on “Shapeoko 2 Milling Machine Launches Today

  1. kurtroedeger says:

    That first sentence is really awkward. I’ve read 4 times now and I get the intent, but it is confusing.

    1. Jason A says:

      You got the intent to reference one of the greatest children’s literary works? If you did, I don’t see how it’s awkward, the book was about perseverance and optimism. As someone who has failed a kickstarter, that sentence seemed spot on to me.

  2. joe says:

    Got excited for a minute.. but it seems this is essentially like a shopbot (mills in X&Y directions with one Z-depth) seeing how there’s only 2″ of Z travel and they reccommend inkscape to create SVG files for makerCAM. Anyone recommend a good inexpensive desktop CNC machine that does at least an 6″ cube of machining?

    1. Jeff Kerr says:

      Check out This is a new open source Lobo CNC milling machine project with a more conventional bed-type configuration that has an X-Y-Z workspace of 10″x8″x7″.

  3. bk says:

    Hi there would it be possible to modify the unit for 500 x 500 cutting area… and also shipped to the uk. Let me know the costs will buy a full kit immediately. Thanks

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