Thank you for your reply, Harry!
This evening I’ll check for the motors. The machine is in a big cardboard box right now and I’m just about done setting up a workspace in the garage. I’ll post the details on the motors later today.
I do not have any polycarbonate, unfortunately. And searching for it at my local hardware stores show that it’s not cheap, especially for testing!
I was thinking of creating a MDF board, surface a 4x4 square on it, and use this square as a “holder” for the copper boards. Maybe add screws with washers to mimic clamps on each side, I don’t know yet.
I have a box of new dust masks that a friend got me from his work. I think there are 250 masks in the box. I should be good
I was also looking at the “SuckIt” device, there’s apparently one that fits a ShapeOko 2… I also have a mini-ShopVac that I want to dedicate to the ShapeOko machine.
Workflow : very minimal for now. I have about 8 different circuit boards I want to mill. I am currently trying different PCB software but if I know what I’m doing in electronics, I get confused quickly with the “nets” and “pads” and “footprints”. Just give me proper sized traces for capacitors, resistors, TO220 regulators, transistors and IC chips, and I should be good. But with software such as “FreePCB” or “FlatCAM” or “Pad2Pad”, I get easily lost and confused.
I have InkScape, which I also barely know, but I was able to get a test SVG file in Easel and create traces that looked ok.
I’ll be back later with details of my ShapeOko 2 machine.