The Future of Educational Technology

By Sallye Coyle, February 9th, 2018

Say “Educational Technology” to a room of teachers, administrators, and vendors, and you will get many different definitions. Having recently attended the Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC 2018) as a “civilian” rather than an exhibitor, I was able to attend workshops and presentations, visit the entire convention floor of vendors (387), and stop …

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February 9th, 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Category: Career and Technical, Digital Fabrication, Education, Events, High School, Makerspaces, Middle School, Projects, Public School, ShopBot Sallye, STEAM, STEM, Teachers | ( 34 ) | One comment

Manufacturing Heroes: Do We Need a New Type?

By Ted Hall [Reporting from ShopBot], ShopBot Tools, October 31st, 2016
manufacturing in small shops

If we really want to return manufacturing to our communities, we are going to need to support a new kind of manufacturing hero …

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October 31st, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, Reporting from ShopBot | ( 34 ) | Comments are closed

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

By Michael Berliner, April 19th, 2015

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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April 19th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | Category: Buddy, Digital Fabrication, Projects, ShopBot, ShopBot User Stories, Signs | ( 67 ) | Leave a comment

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

By Michael Berliner, April 7th, 2015

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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April 7th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Category: Fabrication Techniques, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Leave a comment

Making the Leap

By David Buchsbaum [David's Sandbox], Beacon Custom Woodwork, January 18th, 2015

A typical project for Atlanta Closet & Storage Solutions

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, but I thought I’d touch base for a minute while I finally have a chance. I have been busy beyond belief for the last year or more, to where visiting the forum or writing has had to take …

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January 18th, 2015 | Tags: , | Category: Digital Fabrication | ( 21 ) | Comments are closed

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

By Michael Berliner, December 8th, 2014

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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December 8th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, Production Support, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Comments are closed

Bennett Harris is “Reinventing Science” to inspire kids.

By Michael Berliner, November 24th, 2014

That’s Ben Harris on the right, grabbing a selfie with Bill Nye “The Science Guy” at the first ever White House Maker Faire, Spring 2014

Bennett Harris (who goes by Ben) is probably best described as a Renaissance man of education. He tinkers, he designs, he builds, he teaches, he’s a tireless evangelist for …

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November 24th, 2014 | Tags: , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Education, Makerspaces, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories, STEM | ( 67 ) | 2 comments

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

By Jeanne Taylor, November 13th, 2014

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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November 13th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, ShopBot User Stories | ( 15 ) | Comments are closed

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

By Michael Berliner, November 12th, 2014

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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November 12th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Manufacturing, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Leave a comment

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

By Michael Berliner, October 19th, 2014

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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October 19th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Category: Digital Fabrication, Education, Graduate School, Product Prototyping, ShopBot User Stories | ( 67 ) | Leave a comment

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