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

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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Using ShopBot CNC to make art: the work of Erwin Redl

CNC PALIMPSEST PRINTS (August 11, 2014)3 Monoprints, Hand-burnished on Fabriano Archival Paper with Oil Based Ink5 x 10 ft, 152 x 305 cm, Artist Studio, Bowling Green, OH ,USA

Quite often, artist Erwin Redl makes use of his ShopBot PRSAlpha 60″ x 120″ CNC tool to cut pieces of material such as plexiglas, soft …

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An Experiment in the Next Industrial Revolution

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Digital fabrication joinery is used in producing Handibot “Smart Tools”.

 

You can think about Handibot as ShopBot’s experimental platform for exploring manufacturing strategies for the “next industrial revolution”. In a recent blog post responding to a customer challenge about open collaboration, I’ve tried to lay out why digital fabrication will be the catalyst …

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Pikes Peak Library features a ShopBot in its Maker space.

Patron using the ShopBot Desktop at Pikes Peak Library Maker Space

 

I caught up recently with the staff at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) in Colorado to learn more about their 21st century Maker spaces. PPLD’s Travis Duncan said, “We want to be on the forefront of continuing to make public libraries useful …

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

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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Mike Annetts’ students learn STEM subjects and gain confidence by making with a ShopBot.

Teacher Mike Annetts

For almost 20 years Mike Annetts has been an Industrial Arts teacher in Manitoba, Canada, for students from grade 7 through 12, and he has been running a ShopBot tool in his classroom for over a decade. When we reached out to him to see if he’d like to talk about …

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Freedom Challenge Ministries serves more people in need, thanks to their growing ShopBot-based business.

Just about any time of day, any day of the week in Balstrop, Louisiana, you’ll find an industrious production facility with 4 ShopBot PRSalpha ATC tools running at full tilt. About 11 years ago, James Brent (Pastor Jim) was called into the ministry and felt compelled to witness to people in need; specifically people …

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Celebs like Jessica Chastain love wearing Sidney Molepo sandals. Sidney Molepo loves his ShopBot.

Designer/Manufacturer Sidney Molepo

 

Film actresses Jessica Chastain (“The Help,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), Cody Horn (“Magic Mike”), and internationally renowned singer Celine Dion have something in common: their love of Sidney Molepo’s unique shoes and fashion accessories.

Mr. Molepo, who was educated as an architect and furniture designer, in recent years has turned his …

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Meet Gustavo Bonet. To the NYC design world, he’s becoming known as “the Fixer.”

Gustavo Bonet, architect and designer. He helped out at the ShopBot booth at this year’s Maker Faire NYC

 

Gustavo Bonet is a traditionally trained architect who started making furniture in Florida before moving to NYC to get his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. Gustavo says, “During my time at Columbia, I developed …

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Andy Pitts to other fine woodworkers: “Don’t be afraid of CNC!”

Andrew Pitts of Heathsville, Virginia, is a self-taught studio furnituremaker with 38 years experience. His beautiful, detailed furniture has been featured in numerous exhibitions and garnered more than a dozen awards. He is an active member of several local Virginia artists’ associations and the national Furniture Society. With his many years of experience, Pitts only …

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