Camaraderie continues at 6th annual Michigan Camp ShopBot

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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Sports themed products made using Desktop

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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Sharing can be hard work!

From the time we first started, sharing has been an important part of ShopBot’s DNA. The files to build a ShopBot were originally released by Ted Hall as shareware and there have been a steady stream of project files available since then. The fabrication files for one of my first projects, “Honey’s Canoe,” have …

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Heirloom objects commemorating military life

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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Elderwood Academy Elevates the Culture of Gaming

 

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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Intermediate Digital Design and Fabrication at Port Townsend

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This year Port Townsend is offering an intermediate CNC course called Intermediate Digital Design and Fabrication beginning July 18th. I am Andy Pitts, and I am teaching the course and thought you might like a bit more insight into my plans.

My philosophy goes along the lines of teaching …

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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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A New Design Resource for ShopBotters Doing Collaborative Work: Fusion 360

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I’m always on the lookout for resources for small shops doing digital fabrication – resources that will help these shops operate profitably by improving communications with customers and improving collaborations with partners working on the same project. For small shops doing CNC, 3d-printing, laser cutting, and applying other digital fab technologies, I think of …

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With a dream for a “second act” business, this couple is inventing their future.

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Cheryl and Kent Wille of Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, are embarking on an exciting new chapter in their lives: taking their first steps in launching their own business together. KNC Woodcrafters offers its customers a variety of original, eye-catching home products made of quality woods, such as cheese slicers and cutting boards. They are currently working …

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ShopBot Will Test-Cut Your Design at IWF Atlanta 2014

Thinking about adding CNC technology into your production? ShopBot Tools has announced a special offering for attendees at this summer’s International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, August 20 – 23. For those who are seriously exploring CNC solutions in woodworking (or virtually any material), ShopBot will demonstrate the cutting of your design, live at the …

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