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Summer is underway, and we want to put some CNC activities on your calendar! Not only do we have our on-site training classes happening, but there are several camps coming up this fall and ShopBot will be attending various events across the US this summer. Take a look at what’s going on and make some plans to come see members of the ShopBot family—not just employees, but the extended family of ShopBotters all over the country!


Here at ShopBot World Headquarters, we have on-site training sessions that are typically scheduled at least once a month. Apparently they’re quite the hot ticket—they’re filling up fast! So take a look at our upcoming training dates, and get your name on the list to attend. You’ll not only get some worthwhile training, but while you’re in town you can enjoy things like our foodie scene, get inspired by Duke Gardens, or maybe even catch the Durham Bulls playing a game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Upcoming Training Classes:

Basic Training: June 16-17, July 7-8, August 4-5, August 18-19, September 8-9, 22-23, October 20-21
Intermediate Training: July 21-22
Digital Fabrication for Educators: July 14-16
This class is almost full. Send an email to sign up for the waiting list and/or to find out the next time this training is offered.

Request more info on training or sign up for training.

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 for this fall, 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
October 15: Michigan Camp – TechShop Detroit
November 19: Pittsburgh Camp – TechShop Pittsburgh

Nothing currently scheduled that works for you? Consider starting a ShopBot User Group in your area. There are so many places, and so many members of the ShopBot community, that there are not enough of us at ShopBot to go around!

Don’t worry, you can start with simple get-togethers to share information and techniques, then see where it goes from there. We can help you get started, including tips on scouting a location, getting additional presenters (other than yourself, of course), making your event fun and informative, and promoting it to the people in your area.

Send an email to Thea Eck if you are interested in getting a user group started and need some help:

ShopBot On The Road


38th Annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.

At this year’s annual NISOD conference, ShopBot's Community Outreach lead, Sallye Coyle, conducted a roundtable session that addressed questions about makerspaces and digital fabrication labs. The subject matter was quite varied, including machine safety, machine operation certification, the process of sending designs to a CNC machine or a laser cutter, and  success stories about workshops at art-based makerspaces. There was also a participant, with a Desktop at his school, that learned that a Desktop was a better tool than a laser cutter for creating circuit board.

A big THANK YOU to Russell Stanphill at TechShop Austin, for saving the day at the ShopBot booth at the conference in Austin. A suitcase with all the literature and supplies for the booth was lost in transit and Russell supplied ShopBot-machined samples for the event—as well as taking time from his Memorial Day weekend—to provide support to Sallye during the show.

Upcoming Events:

June 8-11: CNC Workshop Tech Shop Detroit • TechShop Detroit, Allen Park, MI
June 10-12: Make48 • Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC
June 15-16: FORGE DevCon 2016 (by Autodesk) • Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
June 18-19: National Maker Faire • University of the DC - Van Ness, Washington, DC
June 20-24: Skills USA National Championships • Kentucky Exposition Center and the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport, Louisville, KY
June 22-25: FS16 Craft/Facturing - The Furniture Society • Several locations on The University of the Arts campus at the corner of Broad and Pine Streets, Philadelphia, PA


ShopBotters Get Social

Here's just a sample of what's trending on ShopBot's Twitter feed @ShopBotTools


"Another proud maker! We put our Shopbot to work this semester!"
#weRcreek #STEM @ShopBotTools

Chris Fornaro

"Van is making his very first guitar!"
#makered #STEAM @ShopBotTools


Bill Young

@open_desk @adskFusion360 @ShopBotTools
"Starting fabrication of the Johann stools for MakeLocal at the Forge Conf"


"Come make one for your sweetheart!"
#jewelrybox #MakerSpace #makers #makermovement @ShopBotTools

Visting ShopBot?

We've put together an informative page about travel, hotels, restaurants and more when visiting our World Headquarters in Durham, NC.

The scariest moment is always
just before you start.

- Stephen King

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