Frequently Asked Questions
The 'machine footprint' number in the specification shows the actual size of the machine, and that would be a good table size.
Yes! Shapeoko can run 2D or 3D toolpaths with all motors moving simultaneously.
Shapeoko itself is very quiet. All of the noise comes from the spindle (a trim router) and the shop vacuum.
You cannot upgrade the size of a Shapeoko 5. Upgrading from one size to another doesn't save much money compared to the price of a new machine.
Shapeoko 5 Pro can use any 65mm spindle including the Carbide Compact Router, Makita RT0701C trim router, or our VFD spindle.
Shapeoko 5 Pro can cut any type of wood from pine, to MDF, to hardwoods like white oak.
Shapeoko 5 Pro can cut any common plastic including ABS, acrylic, polycarbonate, Delrin, HDPE, and PEEK
Shapeoko 5 Pro can cut aluminum but it will cut slower than wood and plastic so you'll want to take your time with it.
Shapeoko 5 Pro can cut brass but it will cut slower than wood, plastic and aluminum so you'll need to take your time with it.
Shapeoko 5 Pro can cut brass and aluminum but harder metals, like steel or stainless steel, are not recommended. We have users that have done it, but cutting steel takes a lot more skill and experience.