Ed Camp Magic & ShopBot in Florida

June 6, 2015 – Windermere, Florida, just outside of Orlando, was host to the 2015 Ed Camp Magic with nearby Disney World as the backdrop for the weekend’s events held at Windermere Preparatory School.

One of ShopBot’s core focus areas remains in the realm of education, and we were happy to sponsor such a …

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Behind the scenes at Playmakers Rep, the ShopBot works in the wings.

Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a leading American regional theatre, and serves as the professional theatre in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where undergraduates and graduate students learn every aspect of the theatrical craft, and local audiences are treated to productions by “one of America’s …

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FabLab Tacoma serves a community of students and entrepreneurs

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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Autistry Studios helps teens with autism and other learning differences

Janet Lawson, Dan Swearingen and Ian Swearingen

Autistry Studios in San Rafael, California, is a unique non-profit organization that helps teens and adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and other learning differences become successfully independent by building on each student’s interests and talents and creating a supportive community. Autistry’s founders, Janet Lawson and Daniel Swearingen, are …

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Adventures of a High School CAM Class: Episode 11

My name is Lexus Pickett and I am with the Renaissance Academy Woodworkers. I am currently a senior who is interested in computer aided manufacturing.

We’ve recently been using our ShopBot CNC machine to cut out cutting boards made of Corian. O’Keefe Inc. is a local cabinet shop in River Falls, WI, that makes some …

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SolidWorks, FabLabs and ShopBot

Future engineers at SWW2105

Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. offers complete 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software that engineers, designers and other technology professionals use to create, simulate, publish, and manage their data. The FabLabs are an international community of over 300 fabrication laboratories, complete with an array of digital fabrication equipment, electronics components and molding equipment so that the community …

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Adventures Of A High School CAM Class: Episode 10–STENCILS

My name is Lexus Pickett and I am with the Renaissance Academy Woodworkers. I am currently a senior who is interested in computer aided manufacturing.

We have currently come up with a simple method to make any type of font into stencil form on the Aspire program. We had the idea to do this because …

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Adventures of a High School CAM Class: Episode 9

My name is Lexus Pickett and I am with the Renaissance Academy Woodworkers. I am currently a senior who is interested in computer aided manufacturing.

We are currently cutting out pieces for our Adirondack chairs on our CNC (ShopBot) machine. Our CNC machine has made manufacturing these chairs much easier. We used to use templates …

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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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CNC and STEM (STEAM) Education: 1

In 2003, the director of technical education at the Clark County School System in Las Vegas, NV took a big step: CNC (computer numerically controlled) equipment was introduced into the woodworking programs at most of the middle schools and high schools in the district. It was a bold step, one taken to introduce technology (computers) …

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