The Modify Furniture Design Challenge

By Tim Babiasz, January 19th, 2017

 

Modify Furniture is joining forces with ShopBot Tools to launch the first ever Design Challenge! Whether you’re a seasoned designer or new to 3D, here’s your chance to show off your creative side, get your name out there, and even win a cool prize in the process. Entrants will be designing an invisibin™ drop-in to add form, …

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January 19th, 2017 | Tags: , , , | Category: Design Thinking, Fabrication Techniques, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping | ( 13 ) | 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

Popular startup Keyboardio chooses ShopBot Desktop for prototyping

By Michael Berliner, May 21st, 2016

Keyboardio is a startup founded by Jesse Vincent and Kaia Dekker. “We’ve spent the last couple of years designing and prototyping a unique keyboard for uncompromising typists,” said Jesse. “Keyboardio has an advanced ergonomic layout, premium mechanical keyswitches that are a joy to type on, custom-sculpted keycaps that guide your fingers into the right …

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May 21st, 2016 | Tags: , , , , | Category: Design Thinking, Desktop, Digital Fabrication, Large Scale, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Comments are closed

Custom furniture maker finds surprising benefits of CNC

By Michael Berliner, June 19th, 2015

 

Andrew Coholic is the owner of Joe Coholic Custom Furniture Ltd., a custom cabinetry and furniture business. The company operates out of a 6,000 square foot shop in Timmins, Canada. Andrew runs the business that was started by his father Joe back in the early 1970’s. Andrew said, “My family has worked with …

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June 19th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , | Category: Buddy, Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Leave a comment

FabLab Tacoma serves a community of students and entrepreneurs

By Michael Berliner, April 19th, 2015

FabLab Tacoma and Created to Create’s collaborative group

Founded in late 2012 by Stephen Tibbitts, FabLab Tacoma is a community-based prototyping and technology workshop that’s open to the public with a membership business model. I spoke with Stephen recently to learn more. “We opened up the FabLab to provide easy access to cutting-edge design …

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April 19th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Category: Career and Technical, Education, Fab Labs, High School, Makerspaces, Middle School, Product Prototyping | ( 67 ) | Comments are closed

ShopBot precision helps Astor Bannerman meet the special needs of its customers.

By Michael Berliner, April 7th, 2015

Astor Bannerman’s VANNA height-adjustable bath

 

Founded 20 years ago in the UK, Astor Bannerman is a company that designs and manufactures specialized furnishings — including baths, lavatories and office desks — for use by people with special needs and their caregivers. I spoke with Astor Bannerman’s Technical Director Peter Deverson about the unique …

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April 7th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Category: Fabrication Techniques, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Leave a comment

ShopBot’s 5-Axis is key to Moore Brothers’ outdoor gear start-up

By Michael Berliner, March 10th, 2015

Oliver and Sam Moore of the Moore Brothers Company have a passion for everything outdoors. Oliver (who earned his BA in Physics from Williams College) and Sam, who earned his degree in engineering from the University of Vermont, love the water (and the slopes), and have a background building high-end racing boats.

Before starting …

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March 10th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Category: 5-Axis, Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Leave a comment

Production Support Projects

By ShopBot, February 4th, 2015

Custom Pressure Foot

Back in November, Production Support made a tune-up visit to Freedom Challenge Ministries in Balstrop, LA. After performing basic maintenance, a more advanced training on the software was done to help those in the shop become more efficient in getting from a customer order to cutting a file. One of the efficiencies …

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February 4th, 2015 | Category: Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, Production Support | ( 31 ) | Comments are closed

How to start up a micro-factory in your garage.

By Michael Berliner, December 8th, 2014

A Case Study: Ryan Patterson’s MyHue.

The potential for individuals to create, design and manufacture products themselves continues to be realized every day all around the country. With the affordability of robust digital fabrication tools such as the ShopBot Desktop, running a micro-factory out of handy space is not a dream, but reality. We …

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December 8th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, Production Support, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Comments are closed

Bennett Harris is “Reinventing Science” to inspire kids.

By Michael Berliner, November 24th, 2014

That’s Ben Harris on the right, grabbing a selfie with Bill Nye “The Science Guy” at the first ever White House Maker Faire, Spring 2014

Bennett Harris (who goes by Ben) is probably best described as a Renaissance man of education. He tinkers, he designs, he builds, he teaches, he’s a tireless evangelist for …

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November 24th, 2014 | Tags: , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Education, Makerspaces, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories, STEM | ( 67 ) | 2 comments

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