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shchang [Dewalt Collets]
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shchang [Training]
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 =====Training===== =====Training=====
  
-You must be signed off to use the Shapeoko 2. There are 2 ways to get signed off: +Training is required ​to use the Shapeoko 2. 
-  - **Class option:** Take a Shapeoko 2 introductory class (occasionally offered through Eventbrite)+To get trained, watch the CNC Orientation video (coming soon) and complete ​the online quiz with a score of 100%.
-  - **Self-guided option:** Read this wiki page. Email [email protected] for permission to operate the Shapeoko for the purpose of learning. Then you will be permitted to setup, home, jog, and zero the machine. You may create your CAD/CAM design, but don't run your GCode yet. Just practice setting up. Once you are ready to rout your first design, schedule a time with the CNC manager or other qualified person for demonstrating competency. You should be able to +
-  * Turn on and off the machine +
-  * Home the machine +
-  * Jog the machine +
-  * Use workholding method ​of your choice +
-  * Change router bits +
-  * Set the zero position +
-You will finally run your CAM program (it must be your own design)+
  
 +Quiz access:
 +[[https://​docs.google.com/​forms/​d/​e/​1FAIpQLSfR0HdtYpXEUh8SXmR8meotSRbrZQjoJZXIQawnS5LSEM3Yjg/​viewform?​usp=sf_link]]
 +
 +If you are new to CNC routers, performing an "air cut" with the spindle off prior to cutting solid material is recommended.
 =====Safety===== =====Safety=====
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 {{:​shapeoko_overview.png?​600|}} {{:​shapeoko_overview.png?​600|}}
  
-The following instructions assume you are using [[http://​easel.inventables.com|Easel]] for CAD and CAM, and for sending GCode to the controller. You can use other CAM programs, but Easel is the easiest for getting started because it walks you step-by-step through the sequence of operations for setting up and executing a cut.+You can use [[http://​easel.inventables.com|Easel]] for CADCAM, machine control, and sending GCode to the controller.
  
 +You can also use Universal GCode Sender Platform (installed) for machine control and sending GCode while using other CAD/CAM software such as Vetric VCarve Pro for design.
 =====Creating an Inventables account===== =====Creating an Inventables account=====
 ---- ----
  
 Go to [[http://​easel.inventables.com|http://​easel.inventables.com]] and follow the instructions to setup an account. Go to [[http://​easel.inventables.com|http://​easel.inventables.com]] and follow the instructions to setup an account.
 +You only need an Inventables account if you plan to use Easel.
 =====Operating the Shapeoko===== =====Operating the Shapeoko=====
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 ====Machine settings==== ====Machine settings====
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- 
-When you startup Easel, setup the machine with the following settings. 
- 
-{{:​easel_settingupmachine.png?​600|}} 
  
 ^ Setting ​       ^ Value ^ ^ Setting ​       ^ Value ^
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 The Arduino controller is powered by the computer via USB. The Arduino controller is powered by the computer via USB.
-The computer, monitor, and motor drives are powered by the distribution board as shown. The master, computer, and monitor switches may be left on all the time. The drives switch should be turned on when you want to start the drives and turned off when you are finished. +The motor drives are powered by the motor-drive power supply ​as shown. The drives switch should be turned on when you want to start the drives and turned off when you are finished ​with the machine.
- +
-{{:​power_distribution.jpg?​600|}}+
  
 +{{:​documentation:​cnc_routers:​shapeoko_ps.jpg?​600|}}
 ====Workholding==== ====Workholding====
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 Illustrated here is a method of clamping your workpiece using setup clamps. Always ensure that your workholding tools are not in the way of the toolpath. Illustrated here is a method of clamping your workpiece using setup clamps. Always ensure that your workholding tools are not in the way of the toolpath.
  
-{{::workholding_example.jpg?​600|}} +{{:documentation:cnc_routers:workholding_setupclamp.jpg?600|}}
- +
-{{::​setup_clamp.jpg?600|}}+
  
-In photo: 1/4" threaded rod, 1/​4" ​flange ​nut, step block, and slotted bar+In photo: 1/4" threaded rod, 1/​4" ​thumb nut, and slotted bar
  
 ====Setting Z-axis zero==== ====Setting Z-axis zero====
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   * Static discharge causes a hard-limit switch to trigger.   * Static discharge causes a hard-limit switch to trigger.
  
-The hard-limit switches have been disabled for this reason.+The hard-limit switches have been disabled for this reason. ​(6/20/2020 -- this has been fixed)
  
-  * The slotted bar clamp is not sized for a 1/4" threaded rod. 
- 
-A temporary fix has been made with a flanged 1/4" nut. 
  
   * The X- or Y- axes seize up from too much dust packed in the V wheels.   * The X- or Y- axes seize up from too much dust packed in the V wheels.
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 You can engrave ferrous metal, but you won't have much success making deep cuts. You can engrave ferrous metal, but you won't have much success making deep cuts.
- 
-**May I use cutting fluid?** 
-Only if you find a way to contain the fluid without spilling it onto the MDF bed (you will have to make some sort of container mounted on the wasteboard). Otherwise, you can try using cutting wax instead. If you need to clear chips, use compressed air.  
  
 **Can it cut plastic?** **Can it cut plastic?**
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 **May I resurface the wasteboard?​** **May I resurface the wasteboard?​**
-Yes. Try not to resurface the wasteboard too often, because it takes time to replace the wasteboard.+Yes.
  
 =====External Links===== =====External Links=====
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