Using Your ShopBot to Make a Mallet a.k.a. “a Blunt Instrument”

By Bill Young [Bill's Corner], February 13th, 2019

No matter what kind of work you do, occasionally you’ll need a “blunt instrument”–something you can use to pound on things. This is my version. I’ve made a bunch of them over the years out of odd corners of sheets of ½” plywood I was cutting, but all the parts fit nicely on a …

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February 13th, 2019 | Category: Digital Fabrication, Fabrication Techniques, Projects, ShopBot | ( 35 ) | 2 comments

Prototype to Production: A Case Study

By Bill Young [Bill's Corner], January 4th, 2019

At ShopBot, we’re understandably passionate about making things with CNC machines and about the power of digital fabrication tools. We’re always looking for ways to help show what these amazing tools can do, and for items that are made with a ShopBot that showcase several of the processes that a ShopBot tool can handle. …

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January 4th, 2019 | Category: Design Thinking, Desktop MAX, Digital Fabrication, Handibot Smart Power Tool, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot | ( 35 ) | One comment

Why We Build Our CNC Tools the Way We Build ‘em

By Ted Hall [Reporting from ShopBot], ShopBot Tools, December 7th, 2018

At ShopBot, we have been designing and building affordable CNC tools for almost 25 years. ShopBots were the first affordable CNC routers for small manufacturing. Our design choices have been based on our experience manufacturing and using low-cost robotic equipment that is optimized for small and medium production operations. Our leadership and innovation in mechanical …

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December 7th, 2018 | Category: Buddy, Desktop, Desktop MAX, Manufacturing, PRSalpha, PRSstandard, Reporting from ShopBot, ShopBot | ( 34 ) | Leave a comment

Catching up with AtFAB

By Bill Young [Bill's Corner], October 19th, 2018

In the Fall of 2011 we were setting up the ShopBot booth at the NY Maker Faire and noticed some interesting plywood furniture across from us. It had obviously been fabricated on a CNC machine, with dogbones in the inside corners (which the designers called “snigglets”) and engravings on the tops to describe the …

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October 19th, 2018 | Category: Design Thinking, Digital Fabrication, ShopBot | ( 35 ) | Leave a comment

Bringing a “legacy” ShopBot up-to-speed: Sea Reach, Ltd.

By Sallye Coyle, October 18th, 2018

Sea Reach Ltd. in Sheridan, OR, is a design company that also makes signs. Their strong commitment to the environment and education, both nationally and internationally, is something that is very apparent by the content they post to their blog. In addition to working on private projects, Sea Reach’s clients include the U.S. Forest Service and …

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October 18th, 2018 | Tags: , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Production Support, ShopBot, ShopBot Sallye, Signs | ( 34 ) | Leave a comment

All Desktop CNCs Are Not Created Equal

By Ted Hall [Reporting from ShopBot], ShopBot Tools, October 16th, 2018

The CNC below is frequently compared to our ShopBot Desktop and ShopBot Desktop MAX tools. This tool is imported from China by several different resellers in North America. It is also available directly from China from the internet. Prices for the tool vary from $2,800 to $6,500, depending on the reseller. From published specs, …

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October 16th, 2018 | Tags: , , , , | Category: Desktop, Desktop MAX, ShopBot | ( 34 ) | Leave a comment

Blending traditional and digital tools to make one-of-a-kind objects of beauty

By Jeanne Taylor, October 8th, 2018

“Tablescape No. 1.” • Hard rock maple, stainless steel • 58 x 90 x 32 inches. Now showing at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Texascraft 2018 • Winner of one of three Juror Merit Awards.

Meet Artist and Industrial Designer Brooke M Davis

We’ve been following Brooke M Davis’ work since 2012 after she …

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October 8th, 2018 | Tags: , , , | Category: Design Thinking, Manufacturing, PRSstandard, ShopBot, ShopBot User Stories | ( 15 ) | Leave a comment

ShopBot in the Theatre: USITT Master Class – Southeast Section 

By Sallye Coyle, September 11th, 2018

The scene shop at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, has been making good use of their 4’x8’ ShopBot PRSstandard for creating various props for stage productions, including plywood forests of trees. Recently, the theatre department asked ShopBot to conduct a series of Master Classes for the Southeast Section of USITT (United States …

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September 11th, 2018 | Tags: , , | Category: Desktop, Digital Fabrication, Education, Fabrication Techniques, PRSstandard, ShopBot, ShopBot Sallye, Theatres | ( 34 ) | Leave a comment

48 contestants. 48 hours. One winning idea.

By ShopBot, September 4th, 2018

Make48 Film Crew at Work

As a product design student walking into an event where teams are tasked with designing a product, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Every day at school we brainstorm ideas, sketch them out, prototype them over and over, and then at the end of the project, market and …

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September 4th, 2018 | Tags: | Category: Design Thinking, Digital Fabrication, Education, Events, Makerspaces, Product Prototyping, ShopBot | ( 31 ) | Leave a comment

Timeless design and old-fashioned customer service lead to Durham Bookcases’ success

By Jeanne Taylor, August 28th, 2018

We recently popped in for a quick visit with Phillip Fletcher to see how his business, Durham Bookcases & More, is doing and to take a peek at his 17-year-old ShopBot. Rest assured, his business and his ShopBot are looking good and continue to be ready to take on customer needs today and …

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August 28th, 2018 | Tags: , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, ShopBot | ( 15 ) | Leave a comment

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