Would-be user needs help

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Joe Schoppy
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Would-be user needs help

Post by Joe Schoppy »

I presently do not have a cnc, but am interested in getting a shark. What do I need in addition to the Shark ? Do I need a computer, mach3, and anything else except for bits,etc.
Thanks in advance
Joe

Karen_W
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Model of CNC Machine: Shark Pro Plus

Re: Would-be user needs help

Post by Karen_W »

Pop over to the shark forum http://www.cncsharktalk.com/index.php
Just about any question you have can probably be answered there.
I'm a Shark owner myself. :wink:

Joe Schoppy
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Re: Would-be user needs help

Post by Joe Schoppy »

Karen,

If you read this --

Thanks for replying. I have a problem trying to sign on to the Shark forum.

I was able to and somehow screwed-up my username and/or password. I have tried everything to say I forgot the essentials and different ways to get attention.

If you or someone could get a message to Al Wolford or anyone on the Shark forum to email me so I can get my username and password I would certainly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.

Joe Schoppy
email: jschoppy1@verizon.net

Karen_W
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Re: Would-be user needs help

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I'll be glad to contact an admin for you Joe... hope they get back to you soon.

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FixitMike
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Re: Would-be user needs help

Post by FixitMike »

The shark comes with VCarve Pro which is all the software you will need for a while. You can upgrade to Aspire if you need to later.

Be sure to get the Shark Pro Plus HD. You won't be satisfied with a lesser one.

You will need the following (plus bits)
A computer with a USB connection to the control box.
A stand to put the Shark on. Drawers to hold bits and tools are very useful.
A router.
A shop vac to clean up the dust.


The following are not absolutely necessary, but I advise them.
A touch plate or a z axis CNC gauge (see Ebay) which is my personal preference.
I like these clamps:
Spoil boards. I use 3/8" thick MDF.
T slot bolts are useful to hold things down to the table: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page ... te=ROCKLER
Some type of overhead lighting to light up the work area.
Good judgement comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgement.

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