An Experiment in the Next Industrial Revolution


Digital fabrication joinery is used in producing Handibot “Smart Tools”.


You can think about Handibot as ShopBot’s experimental platform for exploring manufacturing strategies for the “next industrial revolution”. In a recent blog post responding to a customer challenge about open collaboration, I’ve tried to lay out why digital fabrication will be the catalyst for new forms of manufacturing. In fact, we see our “open” design, development, and production plans for the Handibot Smart Tool as a good example of how the potential of digital fab might be used to create a an attractive alternative of distributed production in small shops.

Handibot's early evolution.

What’s fun is that the Handibot is itself a digital fab tool that can participate in its own replication and modification. READ MORE …

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