Handibot at the Pilchuck Glass School

Iceberg glass vase in progress – on pipe after being rolled onto textured plate.

In August 2017, Brian Gillespie and Tara Broyhill were artists in residence at the Pilchuck Glass School. During session 6, “Exploration”, they explored how generative design and digital fabrication can inform the form and texture of glass in new ways. It …

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ShopBot Joins the 2017 National Scout Jamboree’s Makerspace

One of the many campsite areas from the 2017 National Scout Jamboree

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Bechtel Summit Reserve in West Virginia was a huge event for makers and an opportunity for 40,000 scouts and scouters to learn how much fun a Makerspace can be. The National Jamboree set up a …

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FS16 Craft/Facturing – 2016 Furniture Society Conference

The 2016 Furniture Society Conference was held at the University of the Arts in Downtown Philadelphia, June 23rd – 25th. ShopBot’s role as a sponsor was to bring along a tool to be used for a workshop called “Exploring the Fourth Dimension” that was being led by a team from the University of Minnesota. …

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3rd Annual Northern Florida Camp ShopBot 2016

For the 3rd year in a row, the School of Theatre’s Technical Production department at FSU in Tallahassee hosted a Camp ShopBot. Their building is located off campus in a converted middle school, which also houses the Art department and Interior Design department’s Digital Fabrication studio. Thea Eck, from ShopBot, spent a day visiting …

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New ShopBot Accessory: The Pressure Sensitive Z-Zero Plate

The new Pressure Sensitive Z-Zero Plate

For a while we have been looking at ways to simplify the process of determining tool length with a ShopBot by improving on the design of the current Z-Zero plate. The two limitations we wanted to address were the need for an alligator clip, which adds a manual …

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My First ShopBot Project

“If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.” – The Red Green Show

Prior to working at ShopBot, my last excursion into woodworking was high school shop class. The fruit of my labor that semester was a horribly wobbly candleholder – which my mother still may pretend to love.

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Desktop MAX Project: A Tiny Table for a Tiny House

Think about the tools that you use to make things in your daily life: a toaster, a hammer, a knife. Now place these tools on an imaginary graph where one axis describes the ease of use of the tool and the other describes its capability. I find that most tools in my life that …

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ShopBot Helps UNC Students See the Stars

“Making” as distinct from “Building” is as much about knowing how each part is made as it is about arriving at a finished product. Through the exercise of planning and designing, we learn skills that apply to more than just the project at hand and we become more capable of creating new and better …

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2nd Annual Seasonal Décor Challenge

How does this season inspire your creativity? We invite you to “CNC it” and share it in our 2nd Annual Seasonal Decor Challenge! Whatever holiday you may celebrate, share your CNC project with ShopBotters and Handibotters everywhere by helping us decorate our tree at ShopBot World Headquarters in Durham, NC.

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Introducing: The ShopBot 3-Axis Zero Plate

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People have been asking us for some time to develop a means to quickly and precisely zero to the corner of a piece of material anywhere on the table.

This 3-Axis Zero Plate works much like ShopBot’s Z-zero plate, but is able zero the x, y, and z axes simultaneously. It …

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