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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Introducing the Standalone Indexer Tool

ShopBot Standalone Indexer Tool

 

ShopBot is known for making high quality CNC tools at levels of complexity and cost that are approachable to individual users. These tools perform full 3 axis CNC machining operations on a wide range of sizes and types of material. Adding an indexing head, often called an indexer or …

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International Woodworking Faire was huge!

The 2014 International Woodworking Faire took over two of the buildings at the Georgia World Congress Center August 20-23rd. Building B, where our booth was located, pulsed with activity. “There was definitely more traffic than in the past few years and we’re seeing more cabinetmakers looking to automate their businesses,” Ryan Patterson said.

Cutting …

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Handibot Smart Tool now available at Handibot.com!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Handibot® Smart Power Tool Developer Edition, first introduced by ShopBot Tools in a 2013 Kickstarter campaign, is now for sale at the Handibot.com online store.

The Handibot Smart Power Tool Developer Edition is a portable, digitally-controlled power tool for cutting, drilling, carving, and many other machining operations. You can …

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ShopBot Launches Kickstarter for the Handibot™ Smart Power Tool

 

It’s an app-driven power tool.It’s a portable 3D cutter.It’s the Handibot!

ShopBot Tools today (June 27, 2013) launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign (handibot.com/fund) to support development and distribution of its latest hardware innovation, the Handibot™ smart power tool. This 30-day campaign hopes to raise $125,000, and one of the main rewards for contributors …

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Indexer Spinning for Autodesk University

I’m getting back into reporting here after too long a time spent deep in software. I thought I’d start with a report on an Indexer project. Reporting on this project lets me describe some things that have been going on at ShopBot as well as highlight a feature of the (new) ShopBot 3.8.x Version software.

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Testing Painted Bas-Relief Methods

Continuing with the discussion of my MAKEcation art project introduced in an earlier posting, I’ve had a general idea of how I’d like these paintings/carvings to look — that is, the feeling I’m going for — yet, I’m not really sure about the specifics of how I’m going to do it. I am sure it …

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The Extruder…how to squeeze molding and other odd shapes out of your ShopBot!

If you’re like me you’ve come across situations where you’ve had something that you wanted to cut…maybe something like a piece of molding or a boat rudder…that had the same cross-section along its length. This happened to me recently when a contractor brought me a piece of door corner trim from an old house that …

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