Woodworker Nick Buchholz’s ShopBot helps him explore new areas of design

This Art Nouveau building in Belgium is an inspiration for Nick Buchhholz

Nick Buchholz has been an amateur woodworker for many years, maintaining a shop in his garage while working as a computer programmer for the National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. He retired from his programming career in 2012 after 25 years with the …

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Appalachian Signs’ 3D Artistry is Enhanced with ShopBot

Sarah Evans and Laura Shoemaker are the owners of ten-year old Appalachian Signs in Boone, North Carolina. Appalachian State University is where they’d both earned undergraduate degrees in 2000 — Sarah in music and business, Laura with a fine arts degree in sculpture. They loved the area and wanted to find a way to start …

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John Murray creates dazzling environments for high-end corporate clients.

John Murray Productions of Oakland, California, is a full service event planning and production company specializing in scenery and stagecraft for corporate clients, focused on designing and producing innovative, memorable, and cost effective special events. Just a brief glance through their gallery of work and you see that John and his crew of 12 graphic …

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What can your students learn from making a sign?

If you’re a teacher making use of digital fabrication in your classroom, this may not surprise you. A relatively simple project can help you teach quite a number of topics. Check out Sallye Coyle’s blog post at 100kSchools.org, and you’ll see how making a lighted acrylic sign can help you instruct lessons about… CAD and …

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To show off your High School STEM program, just take your STEM equipment to a football game!

Eric Andracke is a High School Teacher at Mahomet-Seymour High School in Mahomet, Illinois. He’s currently in his eighth year of teaching at Mahomet-Seymour, twelfth year as an educator. Eric teaches classes in Construction, Manufacturing, and 3D Animation. He is a graduate of Illinois State University, with degrees in Technology Education and STEM Education. Simon …

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Updating an Old Sign

Back in the Fall of 2007, Brenda Aldrich of Harman’s Cheese gave me a call about possibly updating their sign. The timing wasn’t quite right for her when she called (but we do love the customers that plan ahead, thanks!) but the project stayed in the back of my mind through the winter, and by …

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Design Software

In the articles I have written for ShopBot in the past, what I tend to talk about are the types of signs we make here at Lincoln Sign Company, and how we use the ShopBot to achieve them.

What I would like to do for this article, is to concentrate specifically on the design software …

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Sandpiper Cottage Sign

One of the interesting things about making signs is that more often than not, we are making a custom item, specifically to a single customer’s specifications, and that sign (once created) will never be made again. If you are building furniture or wooden toys for a retail environment, it is very likely that with …

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Korber House Sign: Carved and ready for paint

This is a sign we finished carving recently and I decided it would be a good sign to show all the different types of paint that we use and how we put it on layer by layer to create a finished carved sign.

 

The material we carved the sign from is called Precision Board …

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Creating a Sandblasted Sign

We create all kinds of signs here at the Lincoln Sign Company, and with some of these signs, we actually don’t even need our ShopBot to do them! But here is the amazing thing, we still use it as a tool just like anything else in the shop, and the ShopBot seems to get used …

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