ShapeOko 2 – Assembly – part 3

If you missed part 2 please find it here.

Z-axis assembly continued

After tapping the MakerSlides it is now time to continue the assembling of the Z-axis rail. I already assembled both the Z assembly carriage and the spindle carriage (see this post) so it’s time for assembling the Z-axis rail and the entire sub gantry comprised of the Z assembly carriage, the spindle carriage, the Z-axis rail and finally the X-axis carriage. All these are bolted together in one sub gantry.

Z-axis rail

First I ran the threaded rod through the Delrin Lead nut several times to make it run as smoothly as possible, then I assembled the motor mount plates, the threaded rod and the stepper motor for the Z-axis. The MakerSlide, the Z-axis carriage and the spindle carriage were then assembled.

Z-axis assembly

Z-axis assembly 1

Z-axis assembly 2

Z-axis assembly 2

And finally the X-axis carriage was mounted.

Z-axis sub gantry

Z-axis sub gantry 1

Z-axis sub gantry 2

Z-axis sub gantry 2

So far – so good. Now it’s time for the entire gantry.

X-axis

The X-axis is comprised of the Z-axis sub gantry, two MakerSlide rails and the two last stepper motor carriages.

X-axis parts

X-axis parts

X-axis assembled

X-axis assembled

Work area

Before assembling the Y-axis (and the entire frame) I had to assemble the work area. The Y-axis rails were partly assembled and loosely attached to the work area before continuing the assembling of the entire frame.

Work area

Work area

The Y-axis rails and the frame completed

The X-axis rail is then mounted on the two Y-axis rails. I used the X-axis gantry to adjust the spacing between the two Y-axis rails so everything runs as smoothly as possible before tightening all the bolts.

The frame

The frame

Mechanical part finished

So I’ve finished the assembly of the mechanical parts and “all” I need is to assemble the electronics, finish the wiring and mount the belts before I can make a test run. I have to say that the instructions are very clear and easy to follow – if I can do it, anybody can! 🙂

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