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NODUS Focuses on Bigger Picture with New SoHo Gallery

When we last checked in with Gustavo Bonet and the NODUS crew, they were using digital fabrication to realize project visions that ranged from architecture to furniture to art installations. In that time, NODUS’ reputation as a “fixer” has grown, allowing the team to move into a new space in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood that simultaneously serves as a gallery, collaboration area, and workspace. The space is designed to embody NODUS itself, reflecting the changing idea of what a workspace can be. For NODUS, this move doesn’t mean a change in the type of work they do, it just means more flexibility and fewer obstacles, and increased notoriety in the digital fabrication and design communities.

Read more about their new space, some of their projects, and their design process in Tim Babiasz's blog post.

ShopBotters at Work

Sports Themed Products Made Using Desktop

David Sheffield was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. This city, like many Rust Belt towns, possesses a well-honed sense of pride for its sports teams and historical manufacturing contributions. David’s small manufacturing company, Buffalo Bottle Craft, creates simple products that let others around the country show pride for their sport teams, too.

Buffalo Bottle Craft makes bottle openers concealed in hockey pucks, baseballs and golf balls. Sold with a favorite sports team name or customized logo, David sells them to individuals and also has a thriving wholesale business.

See photos and read more about David, Buffalo Bottle Craft, how he uses his ShopBot Desktop to create his products on the ShopBot blog.


Durham Public School System Invests in CTE and STEM Education

After an initial ShopBot tool purchase in 2014, Rick Sheldahl, Career and Technical Education Director of the Durham (NC) Public School System, found himself with an opportunity to purchase CNC equipment for other high schools in the Durham Public School System that would be useful for CTE and STEM education in 2016. Not only did he order a number of the smaller ShopBot CNC machines for several schools, he arranged training for the teachers who would be using the tools in their schools. The training took place at ShopBot Tools on a Saturday in September 2016. Teachers and students from three high schools spent the day at ShopBot, getting hands-on experience with ShopBot Desktops and a Buddy.

Head over to the ShopBot blog to read more about the training and the information that was covered, as well as see images of the training class and what they worked on.

ShopBot on the Road

Showing, Sharing, Empowering: World Maker Faire NY 2016

The World Maker Faire held in NY at the New York Hall of Science September 30 – October 2 was not just a place for participation, but observation as well! ShopBot's Jeanne Taylor shares her perspective both as an exhibitor and attendee in her latest contribution to the ShopBot blog.

Coming Up...

Find ShopBot and Handibot at these upcoming events. Make sure to check out our calendar to see what else is going on!

October 24-26
NCIA Southeastern Regional Training Conference
White Sulphur Springs, WV

October 28-30
Make 48
Kansas City, MO

November 13-16
ISAM (International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces)
Cambridge, MA

Camp ShopBot Detroit

October 15
Michigan Camp • TechShop Detroit

Join us for our second Camp ShopBot at TechShop Detroit. While a part of each Camp ShopBot is always a "show and tell" by attendees, this camp will have some new information as well. Not only will there be new technique-based presentations, but there will be foundational knowledge presentations, including calculating feed/speed rates and machine maintenance.

Digital Fabrication for Educators

November 17 and 18 • 9am-3pm (both days)
Digital Fabrication for Educators • Carnegie Science Center

Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center welcomes ShopBot's Sallye Coyle as a guest educator for this two-day intensive training. For teachers or administrators with digital makerspaces in their schools, or those who are putting together makerspaces, this training is essential. Educators will gain experience with 3D scanning and printing, designing for the laser, vinyl cutter, and ShopBot. Participants will be immersed in multi-platform CNC projects, experiencing first-hand the design and engineering cycle used in digital fabrication. With an optional open lab on Friday afternoon, participants will be able to move deeper into creative design for CNC machines and have some fun in the process.


Camp ShopBot Pittsburgh

November 19
Pittsburgh Camp • TechShop Pittsburgh

Camp ShopBot features topic-based presentations, Q&A sessions, a Show and Tell session, and face to face networking with other local ShopBot users. Camps are a great way to share project ideas and techniques, and to learn more about ShopBot Tools in general. Camps are intended for all skill levels and types of users

Get Some Training

Live training classes are held on a regular basis at ShopBot Headquarters in Durham, NC.

Upcoming Basic Training Classes at ShopBot:
October 20-21
November 3-4
November 17-18
December 1-2
December 15-16

Classes have been selling out fast: sign up here!

Can't make it to ShopBot in-person? Then check out our online training sessions.

ShopBotters Get Social

Here's just a sample of what's trending in ShopBot's social media:


Design Make Teach

2:11 PM - 9 Sep 2016
@DesignMakeTeach: Robotic router reveals rapid rotational removal. @handibottool in action. #CTEMakeover sponsor @ShopBotTools

Dan Borghoff

Remember to check your #MayanCalendar! World @MakerFaire is just around the corner & @MakerDepot will be there! #WMF16 @make @ShopBotTools

Jacqueline Gerstein

Can’t wait to set up the new @ShopBotTools CNC Router at @mhsmakerspace!


FabLab Factory
September 7

A short overview of the assembly and testrun of a huge ShopBot Tools, Inc PRS Alpha #CNC mill for one of our customers. #shopbot #cncmachining #cncmill #timelapse

Ron Vickers reviewed ShopBot Tools Inc.
September 25
I’m a believer that one of these machines needs to be in every high school in the nation. TJ is an excellent teacher for training. I am so glad I spent the time to get to Durham. The company celebrates its 20th year. You get lifetime customer service! I’m especially impressed with how they treat their employees.


September 10

3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 8000, 10000, 12000, novus polish #sculpture #dataviz #datavisualization #shopbot
September 18

Adding some more subtle details to fill some of the empty spaces. #makepartscom #shopbottools #shopbot #thor #attentiontodetail #cnc #cncmachinist #makinchips #instamachinist #ocdmuch #ocdcnc #maritool

September 25

After hemming and hawing over color, I finally put some finish on this guy! I'm pretty happy with the result. #woodworking #woodcraft #austinhandmade #madeinaustin #woodart #shopbot

September 26

On going project. Last work. #sitevisit #architecture #interiordesign #cnc #handibot #saburosugitaarchitects #yamanemokuzai #dejimastock #dejima #hiroshima

If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.
- Bill Gates

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