@JohnK and I got the intermdiate CNC - the ShapokoXXL up onto it’s table and were able to work out what we need to download, position, and run a job on it. The default CarbideMotion control software while screwy, will suffice for positioning the job and loading the G-code. The goal is to use either/both VCarve Pro or Fusion360 for the CAD/CAM. there is a post processor available for both. It has a few differences over the Shapoko2 so we don’t want to just reuse the same materials - although the transition should be easy. People are already asking if they can cut their aluminum project on it. The target is still plastics, composites, resins, fiberglass. The issue with metals is that there is no misting pump, nor do we want one since coolant will just end up all over the place. I see brass as allowable since it doesn’t require coolant. We can work out the restrictions in committee.
We’ve got some options for building an enclosure or a shroud for it which is what I think we need to do before we bring it online for everyone. None the less, I got what I need to start developing class materials.
So to be clear - it is NOT online yet. I’ll get started on building a class for it and will then I will do a teach the teachers before it is ready to come online.