Camaraderie continues at 6th annual Michigan Camp ShopBot

By Thea Eck, October 31st, 2016

Randy Johnson (upper left) greets the group as John Oliver (lower right) from ShopBot tech support looks on.

The annual Michigan Camp ShopBot started in 2011 when a new privately-owned makerspace opened in Ann Arbor, MI. So many attended that it was easy to say, let’s do this again. Fast forward to 2016 and …

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October 31st, 2016 | Tags: , | Category: Camp ShopBot, Getting Started in CNC, Makerspaces, TechShops | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

Sports themed products made using Desktop

By Thea Eck, October 3rd, 2016

Within 2 hours of receiving his Desktop, David had it up and running.

David Sheffield was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. This city, like many Rust Belt towns, possesses a well-honed sense of pride for its sports teams and historical manufacturing contributions. David’s small manufacturing company, Buffalo Bottle Craft, creates simple products that …

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October 3rd, 2016 | Tags: , , | Category: Cell-based Production, Design Thinking, Desktop, Getting Started in CNC, ShopBot User Stories, Uncategorized | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

First ever DC-Arlington Camp ShopBot 2016

By Thea Eck, September 19th, 2016

 

TechShop DC/Arlington served as a great host location for the first ever DC-Arlington Camp ShopBot. Situated across from Reagan International Airport, a large and varied population utilizes the space and tools. And with three different models of ShopBot machines and array of other machines their members are not lacking in digital fabrication resources. …

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September 19th, 2016 | Tags: | Category: Camp ShopBot, Events, Makerspaces, TechShops | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

Visionary Effects’ interdisciplinary portfolio the work of one person

By Thea Eck, August 4th, 2016

“My goal has always been to grow the business slowly and naturally,” reflects Dan Thomson.

Visionary Effects’ portfolio looks like a design-build team of 4 or 5 people each possessing varying skills, similar to many interdisciplinary studios. But in actuality, it is only Dan Thomson: owner, designer, fabricator, problem solver and animatronics guru.

Dan …

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August 4th, 2016 | Tags: , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Projects, PRSstandard, ShopBot User Stories, Uncategorized | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

Historical restoration’s modern day ally

By Thea Eck, July 25th, 2016

Starting point

Many might be cautious of using the words ‘historic restoration’ and ‘CNC’ within the same breath. A project Charlie Robbins completed this winter proves yet again that they are modern day allies.

An Amish contractor who Charlie previously worked with requested his CNC machining expertise on a porch restoration. “The house is …

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July 25th, 2016 | Tags: , , , | Category: Design Thinking, Digital Fabrication, Fabrication Techniques, Projects, PRSalpha, ShopBot User Stories | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

Heirloom objects commemorating military life

By Thea Eck, July 5th, 2016

Shadow Box for a retired Master Chief in the Navy

In recent years, the word ‘heirloom’ has crept into the vernacular of everyday speech. From heirloom vegetables at grocery stores to home décor magazine touting heirloom objects found at flea markets, often times the intention is more buzz than substance. There is no history …

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July 5th, 2016 | Category: Desktop, Getting Started in CNC, Projects, ShopBot, ShopBot User Stories | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

Elderwood Academy Elevates the Culture of Gaming

By Thea Eck, June 29th, 2016

 

Hex Chests from the first Kickstarter campaign in 2014

Spellbooks from their second Kickstarter campaign in 2015

 

Elderwood Academy, like many young entrepreneurial companies, has its roots in the makerspace movement. When Quentin Weir and Dan Reiss fulfilled the orders for their first successful Kickstarter campaign, the two CNC machines required– …

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June 29th, 2016 | Category: Design Thinking, Digital Fabrication, Getting Started in CNC, Makerspaces, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, PRSstandard, ShopBot, ShopBot User Stories | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

Camp ShopBot San Diego: April 9 at The Old Globe Theatre’s Technical Shop

By Thea Eck, April 28th, 2016

Attendees of Camp ShopBot San Diego.

When planning camps, ShopBot tries to collaborate with hosts whose spaces offer curiosity and interest beyond just their ShopBot tool. This April, the San Diego Camp ShopBot location hit all the proximity switches on queue: The Old Globe Theatre’s Technical Shop situated east of downtown San Diego. Having …

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April 28th, 2016 | Category: Camp ShopBot, Digital Fabrication, Events, ShopBot, Theatres | ( 9 ) | Leave a comment

2014 Camp ShopBot Winter/Early Spring Lineup

By Thea Eck, February 14th, 2014

Our Camp ShopBot season kicks off tomorrow, and we are sure excited about our winter/early spring line up! Our host Andy Redding from San Pasqual High School in Escondido, CA leads the way with his Camp on Saturday! This Camp filled up within a few days! (There was an attendance cap of 40 due to …

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February 14th, 2014 | Category: Camp ShopBot | ( 9 ) | Comments are closed

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