A Brief Timeline of Mobile Digital Fabrication Equipment

UI1 Mobile FabLab at a Maker Faire. An awning provides extra shelter when projects are set up outside the MFL.

 

It’s a great idea to take the digital fabrication equipment to the people, rather than the people having to travel to the equipment. As experience and the type of equipment available have changed, …

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Makers of All Ages – Come One, Come All!

The National Maker Faire in Washington DC, June 18-19th, was the kick off event for the National Week of Making which included, among many other activities, a Nation of Makers Kick-off Meeting; the White House’s Champions of Change for Making; and a special Capitol Hill Maker Faire for members of Congress …

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ShopBot helps Florida schools establish sorely needed STEM education

Middle schooler helps assemble a ShopBot

There has certainly been a lot of press ink, as well as talk coming from the business and political establishment, about the need for more STEM education in the U.S. to better educate our young people to compete for jobs. Nowhere is the talk turning into action more …

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The Nerdy Derby Flat Track

Cutting a Nerdy Derby Flat Track Design Decisions:

The Nerdy Derby Flat Track project was created with three criteria:

It had to be shape-compatible with the original Nerdy Derby track, so that the same cars would fit on each track All the parts had to be cut-able with a Handibot, so no part could …

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Distributed manufacturing as waste management?

Whether you’re a production manufacturer using CNC machines, a cabinet shop cutting panels with a table saw, or a garage hobbyist working on weekends, even the most efficient cutting tools and powerful design sofware don’t let us utilize every square inch of every sheet of material we cut. This often makes us feel wasteful …

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Another Try at Digital Fab Art

wooden kayak sailing

Ted Hall (ShopBot CEO) had a chance to continue his art project that combines CNC carving with an interest in images of shoreline and sky as seen from from the water. It’s been several years since Ted’s last foray into painted carvings of seascapes and time was short, but an opportunity to spend 2 weeks …

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ShopBot Hosts Furniture Society for an Afternoon of Demos & Festivities

On the afternoon of Friday, June 26th, around 70 visitors in town for the Furniture Society 2015 Symposium journeyed over to the ShopBot Tools “World Headquarters.” Along with a scrumptious barbecue dinner, ShopBot staff organized multiple demo stations to highlight features of our growing variety of tools –from the Handibot Smart Power Tool to …

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Shopbot at the National Maker Faire!

The weather was hot, and the buzzing of insects was matched by the whirring of machines at this year’s National Maker Faire in DC. Inventors, tinkerers, and innovators from across the nation came to showcase their wares and share their knowledge. ShopBot brought two Handibots and set them to work. While one churned out …

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ShopBot’s CNC Village Came to Life at Bay Area Maker Faire

The 10th Annual Bay Area Maker Faire was extended to a 3-day event this year, May 15-17. With over 130,000 visitors, the Bay Area event is the largest of its kind. ShopBot’s 40’ circular tent was chock-full of CNC tools continuously cutting, carving, and sculpting, making everything from flat-pack stools to picture frames to …

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International Woodworking Faire was huge!

The 2014 International Woodworking Faire took over two of the buildings at the Georgia World Congress Center August 20-23rd. Building B, where our booth was located, pulsed with activity. “There was definitely more traffic than in the past few years and we’re seeing more cabinetmakers looking to automate their businesses,” Ryan Patterson said.

Cutting …

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