ShopBot On The Road
Makers of All Ages — Come One, Come All!
15,000 people attending a Maker Faire over two days can generate quite the flurry of activity — something we found out at our booth at this year's National Maker Faire in Washington D.C.! On June 18th and 19th, our group cut, carved, and drew for two days straight to the delight of both young and old. Staffed from various departments within ShopBot, the team cut signs on a ShopBot Desktop being run from the new FabMo motion control system and ran a Handibot® Smart Power Tool using one of the apps that comes with the tool called ‘Smooth Sketch.’ Read more about our experience at the Maker Faire and see photos.
The 2016 Furniture Society Conference, FS16 Craft/Facturing, was held at the University of the Arts in Downtown Philadelphia, June 23rd – 25th. With this year’s conference having a strong emphasis on digital fabrication, ShopBot sponsored the event by providing a ShopBot Desktop MAX for a workshop called “Exploring the Fourth Dimension” being led by a team from the University of Minnesota. ShopBot’s David Preiss shares his observations and some photos from the event on the ShopBot Blog.
Make 48 D.C.
As a part of ShopBot's sponsorship of this year's Make 48 event in Washington, D.C. this June, ShopBot provided two machines for use by those participating in the competition, a Desktop and a Handibot® Smart Power Tool. Engineer Brian Owen attended to serve as a technical advisor, operating the tools and providing counsel to those competing in the event. See photos and read Brian's post about the event on the Handibot Blog.
TechShop CNC Workshop
TechShop Detroit was the site of this year’s CNC Workshop, an event aimed towards the CNC enthusiast from a diverse perspective. ShopBot’s Gordon Bergfors and Jimmy Lucidarme were in attendance, along with other exhibitors with various items to demonstrate and sell related to CNC machinery from CAD/CAM software to machine parts and controls, but ShopBot and Handibot were the only fully assembled CNC machines.
The main focus of the event was to build a CNC machine. There were three different builds, of three very different machines, going on during the event, the idea being that you could take home a CNC machine with you at the end of the build. The machines offered were a CNC control upgrade to a manual metal working lathe, a 25” x 25” benchtop CNC router kit assembly, and a Delta-style 3D printer. There was also a huge emphasis on education and there were many classes, on a wide range of CNC related subjects, offered throughout the event.
The attendees were enthusiastic to be there and were very interested in talking about CNC. They presented some fantastic work and some of the discussions on what they wanted out of a CNC machine were in line with the direction that ShopBot’s new motion platform, FabMo, is taking CNC control. It made it that much more exciting to see them understand FabMo and how it works!