I’ve gone through the ins and outs of my ShapeOko 2 CNC machine before here, and as a kit it is a fantastic place to start. It comes with a rotary tool which, for the most part, does the job that you need it do to. It’s not the most powerful tool, but it works. It’s a pretty noisy tool, but it works. It’s got 1/8″ chuck, but it works. But as is the nature of the ShapeOko, or any open source hardware project.. there are ALWAYS room for upgrades.
Inventables has released a Quiet Spindle upgrade for the ShapeOko 2 that gives you everything you need to get a much more power, much quieter spindle. While there are lots and lots of options when it comes to a new spindle, this kit has everything you need, and is relatively simple to add on to the machine. It does introduce several new electrical components to the machine, and those have to have a home. I decided to build a little cabinet, with a drawer, to put under the machine, so that I wouldn’t increase it’s footprint. The cabinet is a great place to hold all of the bits and bobs that you need on occasion when using the machine, like bits and allen wrenches.
After I got it built, it felt pretty blah so I decided that it needed an interesting drawer knob. 🙂
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the upgrade and the impromptu enclosure, and especially the dino-knob. I hope this is helpful to you, if you decide to upgrade, or are just interested in the machine!