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ShopBot Desktop MAX featured in Popular Mechanics

We're excited to share that our newest tool, the ShopBot Desktop MAX, recently got a test drive by Timothy Dahl, DIY Editor at Popular Mechanics. As you may know, the ShopBot Desktop MAX provides a 36" x 24" x 5.5" work area, twice that of the ShopBot Desktop, making it easy to fit items such as guitars, chair and table parts, cabinetry parts and more, onto the bed. Timothy, who is new to CNC work, cut a project and wrote up a nice article about the tool. He called the Desktop MAX "a well-made, quality tool, and the price is worth it if you want to create large scale CNC-carved projects..." Read the article and see accompanying photos on the Popular Mechanics site.

ShopBot Hits The Road

Where We're Heading...

SXSW Create, Austin, March 11-13
The hardware hacking and maker arm of SXSW is at it again with more space, more fun, and even more hands-on excitement. ShopBot and the Austin TechShop will be there to talk CNC and show off the new Handibot® Smart Power Tool Adventure Edition, the DIY inventor/maker's dream machine!

Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SX Create. From 3D printing to drones to biohacking and much more, this community event showcases the disruptive solutions that are shaping our future.

Where We've Been...

Sallye Coyle, ShopBot's Outreach Director has been traveling the globe. From Florida to Egypt!

Polk County, Florida STEM program installations
Sallye reports, "Charter schools in Polk County have added two new Fab Labs at the middle school level. In a flurry of activity, a team from TIES arrived to build the ShopBot gantry tool, unpack boxes, set up the Epilog laser cutter, Ultimaker 3D printer, and Roland vinyl cutter and mill, and sort the electronics station."    
A critical part of the program is training the teachers to be comfortable with the digital fabrication tools, and this is being accomplished with the help of TIES and Sallye's efforts.

STEM Schools in Egypt
"In a joint project with Egyptian Ministry of Education, USAID, World Learning, and TIES, there are currently 5 STEM secondary schools in Egypt," notes Sallye, "with 4 more in process. Based on the Fab Academy model, each student has access to the school’s Fab Lab to works towards a Capstone project, which incorporates design thinking, the use of digital fabrication tools and electronics. ShopBot is pleased to have a presence in each of the STEM schools."  Sallye was part of a Professional Development team that trained teachers. The principals and students in the schools were welcoming and excited to have the Fab Labs…and even did a little dancing on the ShopBot table!

Camp Shopbot at Florida State University
For the 3rd year in a row, the School of Theatre’s Technical Production department at FSU in Tallahassee hosted a Camp ShopBot. Their building is located off campus in a converted middle school, which also houses the Art department and Interior Design department’s Digital Fabrication studio.

Sallye Coyle and Thea Eck lead presentations on importing vectors, bitmaps and 3d files into VCarve 8.0, understanding chipload calculations, troubleshooting mechanical problems, what’s new in VCarve 8.0, an overview of Fusion 360 and more. The Handibot’s rotary indexer attachment was shown, and Sallye tackled how to set up a design in Vectric’s software in relationship to your machine’s setup, not just for the Handibot. Read Thea's blog post and see pictures at the ShopBot blog.

ShopBotters at Work

"Good Enough is Good Enough
(for awhile at least!)"

In Bill Young's latest ShopBot blog post he writes, "Anyone that works in a shop knows that you can never have enough sawhorses, and everyone has their favorite style and design. For years I banged them together from 2×6’s and plywood scrap, but they were heavy and kind of a pain to build. So one of my first ShopBot projects (almost 20 years ago now!) was to try to improve on the sawhorses that I’d been building." This post is an engaging love poem to the lowly sawhorse, with step by step show-and-tell of his designs and builds over the years!

Get Some Training

Live training classes are held on a regular basis at ShopBot Headquarters in Durham, NC. You can sign-up for one of them here.

Upcoming Basic Training Classes at ShopBot:
March 17-18  SOLD OUT!
April 7-8  SOLD OUT!
June 2-3
June 16-17
July 7-8

Upcoming Intermediate Training Classes at ShopBot:
July 21-22

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

Camp ShopBot

A great way to meet other ShopBotters, learn tips and techniques, and share projects.

April 9 – San Diego Camp (San Diego, CA • Old Globe Theater)

April 30 – San Antonio Camp (San Antonio, TX • Southwest School of Art)

Keep your eye on our events schedule for more camps to come in 2016!

Hayward School of Dimensional Sign Making

Mike and Mary Bloomquist are excited to be starting their 10th year of instruction at the Hayward School of Dimensional Sign Making , featuring ShopBot Tools CNC routers. Join them for their 4-day workshops in the Spring and Fall of 2016. Learn everything you need to know about making beautiful and profitable dimensional signs. All tools and materials are provided. lodging is available right at the sight in one of their 5 cabins on the shores of beautiful Callahan Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin.

For upcoming dates and more information, visit ShopBot's Events page.

Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.
- Henri Bergson

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