ShopBot Jamboree Coming This Week …

This weekend the ShopBot Jamboree returns to Durham and we’re all looking forward to getting together with ShopBotters from around the country. We’ve enjoyed doing the Jamboree on the West Coast and then in Texas, but it’s good to be back home too.

Our Jamboree is a lot of things, but most of all it’s an opportunity to meet up with other ShopBotters, to learn about how ShopBotters are adjusting to changing economic realities, and especially, how they are using their Bots. We at ShopBot attempt to make the event as useful as possible with presentations that we hope will be informative and interesting, tales of new happenings at ShopBot (and a Saturday shop tour and CNC demo), featured vendors who have been supportive of ShopBotters, and all the while we try to carve out as much time as possible for talk and interaction between ShopBotters. If you are coming, don’t forget to bring something to “show and tell” — everyone likes to hear from everyone and see the kinds of things they do. Don’t be intimidated about what CNC level you are at or your presentation skills — everyone will enjoy hearing about your projects.


Tyro Final Prototype

We will be showing off the final prototypes of our new, desktop, Tyro CNC’s. Here’s a glimpse for those who cannot make it to the Jamboree. We’ll be posting more info in the coming weeks on the website Tyro page.

We will also show our new beam extrusion which is the product of a collaboration with Bishop-Wisecarver. The beam is functionally equivalent to our current extrusion and has a similar shape, but it has been designed to accommodate hardened BWC rails press-fitted into the extrusion. This new system provides a simple, robust, high-tolerance, and very smooth rail system for our gantry axes.


beam_bwcThe new beam will be displayed on a Buddy at the Jamboree site and on a new format ShopBot, an 8′ (Y-axis) by 5′ (X-axis) ATC tool, that we will be using for demos at ShopBot on Saturday.


As always, at the Jamboree there will be talks on a number of issues ShopBotters are interested in, from signmaking and cabinets, to design software and digital construction of buildings.

ShopBot8x5_01But a primary theme of this year’s get-together will be the exploration of new approaches and models for businesses using CNC and digital fabrication. Increasingly, the world is becoming aware of the capabilities of digital fabrication — and the way in which digital fab tools can help make just about anything. This should translate into increasing opportunities for small shops with CNC to creatively serve the new needs for custom and personalized products, ultimately leading to networks for distributed manufacturing near where products are used. Some really interesting presentations:

– Jillian Northrop and Jeffrey McGrew of Because We Can will be talking about their uniquely creative digital fabrication business.

– A Durham entrepreneurial leader, Christopher Gergen, will speak about innovations in entrepreneurship (and his book, Life Entrepreneurs).

– We have David ten Have here from New Zealand — Ponoko’s founder and lead developer and a participant in the project (see INC Magazine article on David).

– Robert Bridges will describe his Shelter 2.0 project intended to offer quick, affordable, digitally-fabricated housing in disaster areas.

All-in-all it should be a pretty exciting two days. There’s also ShopBot training on Thursday and the North Carolina Maker Faire following on Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you all.

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