Shapeoko 3 - Hello World
It's been a long tradition in the Shapeoko community to run a 'hello world' to test your machine's basic functionality.
To run this same pattern on your machine, follow the instructions below.
Begin by powering off your machine and removing the spindle from spindle mount.
box_logo.tap (you may need to right or control click on that link and then select download if the link doesn’t automatically result in the file being downloaded to your Downloads folder).
1.) Tape a small piece of paper (letter sized, A4) to your machine in landscape orientation. It's advised you place a piece of cardboard below the paper, both to prevent bleed through to your wasteboard, and to provide a little 'cushion' to a felt tip pen or marker. The paper needs tape at all 4 corners, make sure it lays flat and smooth.
2.) Using zip ties, mount the Sharpie to the slot of your spindle. You can wrap a strong rubber band around the pen or use a small clamp to really secure the marker.
There are two options at this point --- if one has homing switches, or if one doesn't.
First, without homing:
3.) Move the marker to the lower left corner of the paper. Set pen close to touching the corner.
4.) Power on machine, launch Carbide Motion, connect to machine (by clicking the "Connect to Cutter" button).
5.) Click the "Jog" button to access the screen which allows one to 'Move the Cutter'
6.) Jog pen down until it's *almost* touching the paper (by pressing the button to lower (minus) the Z-axis).
If you have homing enabled (see limit switch installation), the procedures and their order is a little different:
3.) Power on machine, launch Carbide Motion, connect to machine, allow the machine to home
4.) Click the "Jog" button to 'Move the Cutter'
5.) Jog the machine using the controls so as to move the marker to the lower left corner of the paper. Set pen close to touching the corner.
6.) Jog pen down until it's *almost* touching the paper.
At this point, it's the same:
7.) Click 'Zero Machine', Click 'Zero All', Click Exit Jog (please note that you should close the Log window if open, leaving it open slows the machine down markedly)
8.) Click Load Project, Browse to where you downloaded the Hello World file (above). Load Project.
9.) Be Mesmerized!
Looking to level up your 'hello world'? Add some shading to your drawing!
Immediately after running the standard hello world (above), load this file to add a hatch pattern to your print!
If your drawing seems to be smaller than shown, see Machine is moving/cutting at half-size