Inventables Shapoko2 Build Day 1
Inventables gave away a Shapoko2 to a makerspace in each state, and we received ours just last week. Part of the fun (and rules) of the givaway was to get a team of youngsters together to put the thing together, learn how it works and ultimately become Shapoko masters.
To understand what these machines can do, one needs only glance through the Inventables Blog. Plastic, Wood, Metal all become etchable, millable fabrication media.
This week we got the parts counted out and servos connected to the Arduino and relay shield up and working:
The machines work with Inventables’ free software Easel to allow anyone to go from idea to making in five minutes without any specialized knowledge or training. Inventables hopes that access to a free machine and free software will help reboot American manufacturing education, and allow people to start their own small-scale manufacturing businesses in the United States.
Here’s some pictures from our first day of building. Big thanks to Dale Rooney for guiding the group and the Anchorage Makerspace Robotics Group members for helping with the build: