I get asked often where the best place to purchase the Shapeoko 3 CNC machine is. While you could buy directly from Carbide 3D, I reccommend purchasing the Shapeoko from a company called Matterhackers.
MatterHackers was founded by people with a serious passion for technology that helps you make things. With this deep-rooted dedication, we wanted to make the process of digital fabrication more accessible, giving educators, engineers, manufacturers, small businesses and tinkerers the power to make anything.
Headquartered in Southern California, MatterHackers’ dedicated staff are committed to providing the kind of service that makes you go "wow." We offer the highest quality materials, machines, and accessories - ranging from industrial-grade 3D printers to DIY laser cutters - all of which have been tested and approved by our in-house experts. Their amazing gals and guys in customer service are here Monday through Friday to help with anything you may need, from finding the right machine to package your specific product, to discussing which filament is best for classrooms. Bottom line is, they are there to make 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling magic happen.
So purchasing from Matterhackers gives you TWO companys to contact if you ever have any problems with the machine. It's like getting two warranties in one. And often, Matterhackers provides free shipping on the Carbide 3D Shapeoko XXL, XL and Regular Desktop Hobby CNC machine.
This is taken directly from their website:
Why buy from MatterHackers?Put simply, MatterHackers is the smart place to shop for all things 3D printing and digital manufacturing. The MatterHackers pros are here to partner with you through every step of your journey turning idea into reality and here are just a few of the perks you’ll receive as a customer:
RETURN POLICY (from Matterhackers)Please note that returns are not accepted on opened kits. Only new, unopened kits may be returned within 30 days of purchase. If a part from the kit is determined to be defective during the warranty period, a replacement part will be supplied.
Please note that printer kits are not returnable after having been opened and worked on. If there is a problem with the packaging or damage during shipment please return the product immediately, otherwise a return will not be offered after assembly.
Here's a video they did about the machine:
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF CNC ROUTINGCarbide 3D, the creators of the Nomad 883 PRO CNC Mill bring you the Shapeoko - a CNC Router kit that allows you to create larger scale projects with a wide array of router bits. The heart of the Shapeoko is a Carbide Compact Router, ready to accept any standard router bit. So whatever type of cut you want in whatever material from wood, plastic, and even aluminum is made possible with this impressive machine.
YOUR NEEDS CHANGE, SO CAN SHAPEOKOThe Shapeoko is intended to be hackable, so set it up to be exactly what you need. If you need more space for taller stock, remove the table section to add more clearance. Drill holes and accessorize the machine to best suit your needs, whatever they might be. The standard kit will get you going, you only need to supply the material to cut. Every component of the machine and every tool needed to assemble it comes included.
THE MACHINE TO FIT YOUR NEEDSThe Shapeoko is available in three sizes, from Standard to XL and XXL. The only difference between the machines is the work area, here are the details:
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?The Carbide 3D Shapeoko CNC Router Kit includes:
The entire kit is designed, manufactured and supported in the USA - from the manufacturing at Carbide to the shipping and support at MatterHackers.
The only thing not included is something to cut, so be sure to grab some stock!
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