[Update Nov. 28, 2015 – I now have a review of the X-Carve, which is the successor to the Shapeoko2]
I bet you thought that I only had room in my heart for one at-home manufacturing technology! 3D Printing is still my first true manufacturing love, but I’m very excited to share that I’ve started experimenting with CNC milling, too, thanks to the fine folks at Inventables. They sent me a Shapeoko2 CNC milling kit to assemble and evaluate. I’ve already started using it to do some work with acrylic and wood, and I’m planning to mill some PCBs with it soon (maybe I’ll even make another Eagle CAD tutorial on how to mill your own PCBs). Watch the video below to see me assemble the machine, mill some wood, do some pen plotting, and deliver a thorough review. Enjoy!
Do you have a Shapeoko2 or similar machine? I’d love to hear about your CNC milling experiences in the comments! If you liked the Arduino/Shield mount that I printed for my Shapeoko2, you can find the design files on Thingiverse.
The Shapeoko2 is unfortunately no longer available for purchase (I know, the timing of this review isn’t ideal…), but you can now get the (even better) XCarve from Inventables. [Update Nov. 28, 2015 – I now have a review of the X-Carve]