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An excellent introduction is:

Especially useful is CNC Quick Reference[1] --- a one-page .pdf w/ the essentials of cutting and G-Code.

The files area of the unofficial Shapeoko Facebook group has: CNC Information Quick Reference Guide 6-7-2019.pdf] [2]

Nomad users may wish to see: [5]

Unique and useful sources for:



We have forums set up here.

Most questions should be posted there. Hopefully the answers to your question will help someone in the future.

Additional Forums

Google Group

Initially, a ShapeOko Google group was used for discussion. it has now been archived in favor of the forums.

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IRC Node [6]

Manufacturer's Resources

Web Sites

There is an effort to get a Digital Fabrication area going on StackExchange, but it needs another two dozen or so questions to be up-voted.

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Build logs are the open source equivalent of the research notebook. You basically document the progress of a project, but it can be so much more. You can collaborate with others, get feedback, have people review your work. Often feedback can save you from mistakes already made by others.

The site and forum are run by Barton Dring, whom we can thank for MakerSlide.

Dank Nice info on installing GRBL End Mill Speed & Feed Calculator
repables Site for open source project files.
Search for ShapeOko on Thingiverse There's a wide variety of contributed files for upgrades, components and convenience items available.
Search for ShapeOko on Trimble 3D Warehouse There's a wide variety of contributed files for upgrades, components and a complete machine:
CNC Mentor Blog site with a variety of articles under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Chestnut Pens: Downloads Collection of CNC utility and other programs. (German) Site collecting free DXFs.
50 Digital Wood Joints Creative Commons collection of joints suited for cutting w/ a CNC. See also Fabrication Techniques & Hardware.
GrabCAD Large site w/ a vast collection of CAD files to download.
CNC milling guide from Melbourne hackerspace Concise overview of milling.
Online G-Code commenter Useful to learn G-code.
Guerrilla guide to CNC machining, mold making, and resin casting
Wiki CNCDIY List of software. Other pages are interesting, w/ an extensive list of books by topic from List of links and files Motion Basics and Standards by the Newport Corporation. Computer Sculpture External Links Page --- company also sells software and hardware at a discount. ShapeOko Google Circle/Community. Little CNC Community Google Circle. CNC on reddit. Hobbiest CNC on reddit. ShapeOko on reddit. Tap and drill chart
gplEDA Links to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools that are released under the GPL. Wiki of opensource CAD CAM software, w/ some commentary. CNC 4 everyone Beginner's guide to CNC technology. Collection of tools for calculating various geometries. Worldwide hobby community for machinist-built model engines. Simple Grid Graph Paper PDF Generator Site for plans for projects for a Shopbot (proprietary fileformat, but may provide inspiration) Woodworking Projects for Beginners --- list of 50 woodworking projects on Instructables.

Web Pages

Many opensource projects related to CNC are hosted on GitHub:

Tutorial Videos

Fabtotum community CAM work and calculations




GitHub is an opensource development collaboration site which is used to house the source files for the ShapeOko project.

Inventor's Links

YouTube Channel

Edward's channel on YouTube

Other ShapeOko YouTube videos.

Edward's Blog


Chronological listing available here: feed://


Follow ShapeOko on Twitter


Another option is to search on filetype:svg on Google's image search, or to search Wikimedia

Often, clip art will be done in stroked lines which are not suited to most CAM programs --- the solution is expanding the strokes and unioning them:


Logos [8]

State Maps [9]

Project Design Sharing Sites

Parametric sites using OpenSCAD

Vintage plan repositories

Also note that has archives of older magazines such as Popular Mechancis which have an broad array of plans (some of which are included in the above).

3D model sources

Commercial Project Sites

SVG generators

Since the typical workflow makes use of scalable vector graphics (SVG), one can leverage tools which make these to produce designs or design elements for cutting:


One can of course use a probe, or laser digitizer. A profile gauge is a useful option as well:

Project Generators

Design into 3D is an effort to create a systematic set of project generators for CNC projects, documenting things well enough that one would be able to draw up traditional plans using pen and pencil and fabricate an instance of a project using hand tools.

Geography --- see the full version at:


Discussion of many of these at: and

List for lasers at:

One has been extended quite a bit:

  • --- Open Source box generator written in Python. It features both finished parametrized generators as well as a Python API for writing your own. It features finger and (flat) dovetail joints, flex cuts, holes and slots for screws, hinges, gears, pulleys and much more.


  • Boxes
  • Boxes with flex
  • Trays and Drawer Inserts
  • Shelves
  • SlatWall
  • Parts and Samples
  • Misc

Carbide Create




Electronics Enclosure [33]

Design generators

Geometry [34] [35]

Engine Turning or Guilloché is a venerable decorative technique:

with a wonderful book on it: Guilloché: A History & Practical Manual by Calina C. Shevlin [36]




Other [39]

Furniture --- parametric furniture design in the browser




Thread generator: Thingiverse: Nut Job

Plans for Projects --- Cool collection of household, office and toy plans[43]

Object hierarchies

Thingiverse has the following hierarchy:

  • 3D Printing
    • 3D Printer Accessories
    • 3D Printer Extruders
    • 3D Printer Parts
    • 3D Printers
    • 3D Printing Tests
  • Art
    • 2D Art
    • Art Tools
    • Coins & Badges
    • Interactive Art
    • Math Art
    • Scans & Replicas
    • Sculptures
    • Signs & Logos
  • Fashion
    • Accessories
    • Bracelets
    • Costume
    • Earrings
    • Glasses
    • Jewelry
    • Keychains
    • Rings
  • Gadgets
    • Audio
    • Camera
    • Computer
    • Mobile Phone
    • Tablet
    • Video Games
  • Hobby
    • Automotive
    • DIY
    • Electronics
    • Music
    • R/C Vehicles
    • Robotics
    • Sport & Outdoors
  • Household
    • Bathroom
    • Containers
    • Décor
    • Household Supplies
    • Kitchen & Dining
    • Office
    • Organization
    • Outdoor & Garden
    • Pets
    • Replacement Parts
  • Learning
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Math
    • Physics & Astronomy
  • Models
    • Animals
    • Buildings & Structures
    • Creatures
    • Food & Drink
    • Model Furniture
    • Model Robots
    • People
    • Props
    • Vehicles
  • Tools
    • Hand Tools
    • Machine Tools
    • Parts
    • Tool Holders & Boxes
  • Toys & Games
    • Chess
    • Construction Toys
    • Dice
    • Games
    • Mechanical Toys
    • Playsets
    • Puzzles
    • Toy & Game Accessories
  • Other

Resources for free plans for projects:



Mitered Boxes

Mitered Box References

Tool Boxes



Clocks and Gears

See CAD, Clocks.





Chinese Checkers


Traditional design which includes storage:

Holiday Decorations


Projectile weapons






c.f., List of Tools

Vacuum Forming [67]


Vehicles --- PlyFly GoKart

Musical Instruments


Excellent discussion of additional tools needed:


The subreddit: has a number of useful links in its sidebar

CAM page lists:





Discussion of how to draw up a child's rocking chair with .c2d file:



Thingiverse: Ultimate CNC Cut Height Adjustable Desk

Table --- adjustable height modeling table for sculpture

Lamps [86]


Inspirational Pieces

Construction of an 18th-c French Mechanical Table

Kinetic models --- includes sculpture, a hummingbird, marble machine, clock, &c. Notable for having a tools page which shares the underlying mechanical concepts and formulae (linked to elsewhere on the wiki)

Sites specifically for project plans

Sites for 3D Models



Licensing: (was )


Other sites to consider



Workshop layout: [88]

Machine Logs/Notebooks



Wood [89]

Geometry References

Drawing Standards

Human Proportions

Hardware References

Drill Charts