It is official. HIVE13 has won a Shapeoko2 CNC machine kit in the Inventables 50 States 3D Carving Machine Giveaway contest! Yes, it is for real!
The gang at Inventables (the hardware store for designers) is igniting the digital manufacturing revolution by launching this outreach program to get open-source CNC milling into (almost) every makerspace in the US. HIVE13 responded and is one of the 50 winners (and the only one in Ohio).
Shapeoko is an Open Hardware project started by Edward Ford in Dixon, IL. The name comes from a combination of the Shapeways and Ponoko laser cutting service names. The initial design (pre-kickstarter) was based around services provided by both companies. On July 26, 2011, 125 backers pledged $11,078 toward Project Shapeoko, far exceeding the funding goal of $1,500.
The ShapeOko is a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine which in its default configuration uses a light-duty rotary tool as the spindle. It is a 3-axis machine; able to move the mounted tool up/down, left/right, and forward/backward under computer control with some measure of repeatable precision. The giveaway includes beta access to Inventable’s Easel free cloud based app for design and fabrication, which goes full public later this summer.
Stay tuned for further announcements and visit the HIVE13 wiki ShapeOko project page for further details on the (to be scheduled) upcoming build nights and ongoing related developments.