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Historical Restoration’s Modern Day Ally

Charlie Robbins is a contractor who was charged with restoring a home built in the 19th century in upstate New York. While jobs like these are common, this particular home’s exterior had lost much of its original splendor over a century of changing seasons, and was in need of extensive work. Armed with only a ShopBot PRSalpha and grainy photograph of the home’s original state, Charlie undertook his most extensive restoration job to date.

ShopBot’s Thea Eck chronicles Charlie’s process, challenges, and breathtaking results in using the latest digital fabrication technology to recreate a century-old classic.

A Focus on Education

As digital fabrication tools become more accessible and affordable than ever, it’s hard to ignore the potential role it can play in educating the makers of tomorrow. It’s in this spirit that ShopBot hosted an exclusively education-focused workshop at its Durham headquarters from July 14-16. The hosted group represented a wide range of experience levels and backgrounds, ranging from first time fabbers to experienced FabLab technicians. With all the great feedback and results we received, we can’t wait to host our next education sessions, both in Durham and abroad.

Read more about the workshop, and see some of the great things our group learned and accomplished together!

ShopBot On The Road

A Brief Timeline of Mobile Digital Fabrication Equipment

One of the more interesting developments of digital fabrication over the past decade has been the rise of “fab labs”, which are completely mobile digital fabrication workshops. Despite their size, these labs generally have full capability in 3D printing, laser engraving and CNC cutting in a  setting. From early labs housed in giant trailers to more recent miniature iterations, Sallye Coyle walks us through some of the innovations that have made digital fabrication a truly portable business, all the way up to the Handibot®--which literally fits inside a suitcase! Read all about the evolution of these mobile labs, which have redefined when and where makers can make.

ShopBotters at Work

Visionary Effects' Interdisciplinary Portfolio the Work of One Person

Dan Thomson is a one-man wrecking crew. His design-build business, Visionary Effects, has been called on to produce some of the most amazing and mind-bendingly real projects for all sorts of purposes, and they’re all the product of Dan himself. From his early days in the horror movie business up until today, Thomson recounts the role that CNC has played in shaping his business, and how purchasing his 4’ x 4’ ShopBot PRS Standard gave him the flexibility to work with all sizes and types of materials. Check out Thea Eck’s blog entry showcasing the limitless possibilities of Thomson’s interdisciplinary studio.

Saw Horses & SketchUp

ShopBot contributor Eric Schimelpfenig has designed a simple and easy design for sawhorses that make for a great first CNC experience that will be useful for future projects. Designed for strength and durability, these sawhorses also make efficient use of material, as they require only one piece of 3’ x 4’ plywood. You’ll learn how to import your SketchUp model into VCarve or Aspire, and then walk through milling it on a CNC. Thanks for the cool new project, Eric!

See Eric’s step-by-step guide to download the files and read the instructions.

Attending IWF in Atlanta Later This Month?

Then why not plan to join us for a drink and a bite to eat? We'll be hosting a happy hour (or two) at STATS (300 Marietta St. NW) on Thursday, August 25th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to by Tuesday, August 23rd. We look forward to seeing you there!

Get Some Training

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

Upcoming Basic Training Classes at ShopBot:
August 18-19
September 8-9
September 22-23
October 20-21

Classes have been selling out fast: sign up here!

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

Camp ShopBot

Looking for something that might be a little closer to home? Something a little shorter with show-and-tell and networking components? Then attending a Camp ShopBot might be right for you. There are a couple currently scheduled, but keep your eye on the ShopBot website’s “Events” page, where we’ll post any additional camps as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Camps:
September 10:
DC/Arlington Camp
TechShop DC/Arlington
September 10:
Wisconsin/Minnesota Camp
Vondriska Woodworks
October 15:
Michigan Camp
TechShop Detroit
November 19:
Pittsburgh Camp
TechShop Pittsburgh

Upcoming Events
Here is a sampling of some events happening in the next couple of months. For a more detailed list, see the events page of our website.

August 8-14:
Fab12 • Shenzhen, China
August 24-27:
IWF • Atlanta, GA
September 16-18 & 23-25:
2nd Annual Destination Innovation
Waynesboro, PA
October 1 & 2:
World Maker Faire • NYC, NY
October 6 & 7:
ATEA (American Technical Educators Association) Region 5 Conference
North Platte NE
October 8:
Charlotte Mini Maker Faire
Charlotte, NC
October 8-11:
NACCE • Sacramento, CA

ShopBotters Get Social

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


Let's see if it works.

TechShop Ivry

Pour voir la version finale du banc, rendez-vous devant le TechShop à Ivry :)

Henry Lee

Prototype of some practice Wing Chun swords. Started on the Shopbot. Then cleaned the edge…

Daniel Bachmann

Milled from 3 sides to get overhangs. #MILLING


via Facebook

Daniel at Medialab-Prado's Fablab in Madrid sent us this awesome "test" project for their extended ShopBot bed! They cut over 2.5m of material and it's still within 1mm of precision. Looks awesome!

Bryson Wagner

Just unloaded the new ShopBot Tools, Inc CNC!


Lots of work being done with a ShopBot! Great job!

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- Mark Twain

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