After quite a bit of fiddling, the CNC mill is finally running. It’s a ShapeOko3 fitted with an AMB milling motor (1050 Watt FME-P, ER16 cone, 5000 to 25000 rpm). Reachable work area is about 400 x 400 x 80 mm; fixture area about 580 x 580 mm. To get started, there’s a simple wasteboard with threaded inserts, holes for dowel pins and a removable low-profile vise installed.
If you want to see what you can use this thing for, Winston Moy has some nice videos, including a pretty accessible introduction to CNC machining:
The manufacturer also has a active community site, where there’s people advice on producing anything between silver jewelry, croissant machines and engine intakes for 1000-hp racing cars.
Julien from that same community has also written a nice introduction gitbook:
I’ve sponsored the machine and some basic accessories since I will use it quite a bit, but it is of course intended to be available for anyone who needs it. Now that said, this beast is a lot less of a user-friendly appliance than the laser cutter or the Shaper Origin, so if your problem fits one of those you’ll probably be finished much sooner.
If you’re interested in using it, let me know and we’ll organize an introduction course, not least for safety reasons. @jonasjohansson, @elch, @MariaEuler, @Ollxor, @Simon, @hugi, @dsandber, @hampus, @sero please ping anyone else I forgot. Obviously, if you want to help out improving the setup (chip collection, air blast, extra emergency switch, work-holding, raspi running cncjs, etc.) your contribution is most welcome!