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Manufacturing Heroes: Do We Need a New Type?

ShopBot Tools Founder and CEO Ted Hall published an article titled “Manufacturing Heroes” in which he addresses a problem facing local economies: the lack of a reliable support base. The piece explains how the changing manufacturing landscape and the rise of “maker” culture requires a new type of investment in order to invigorate our local economies and bring jobs into communities. To survive as a small business today, an investment can no longer just be a windfall allowing production to be shipped overseas. Instead, the investor needs to hold a genuine interest in the company’s operation, mission, and steady growth.

This is the first in a series of articles by Ted Hall on our manufacturing future and new fabrication technologies.

For a more in-depth summary, visit the ShopBot blog.

Read the article in its entirety on Medium.

ShopBotters at Work


GPHS Puts Their ShopBot Tools to Good Use

Grants Pass High School, in Southwest Oregon, considers their CTE (Career and Technical Education or "Vocational") programs to be some of the finest in the state. Two of the many pieces of equipment that they use are ShopBot Tools—a ShopBot 5-Axis and a ShopBot 4x8. You can see some of the work they're doing with the ShopBots and other equipment on their website "Grants Pass High School Manufacturing" and blog "GPHS Manufacturing: Highlighting Student Creativity and Their Shop."

Most recently, they've been working on CNC guitar building based on files they've gotten via The National STEM Guitar Project. Read more about it in their blog post "How to make a Guitar in 382 easy steps."

ShopBot on the Road


Make48 at the Kansas City Art Institute


The fourth Make48 event was held at the Kansas City Art Institute on October 28-30, 2016. There were 17 teams from all over the country in attendance for the invention competition that were tasked with creating an innovative household product. It had to be something that could be used inside the four walls of the home: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and garage.

For those unfamiliar with the Make48 event, here's a brief explanation: Teams apply and compete to develop a new commercial product idea in a 48 hour invent-a-thon weekend. Teams have 48 hours to plan, prototype and pitch a new idea within the specifications of a challenge, revealed at the start of the 48 hours. The teams are not given the theme for the event in advance.

ShopBot's David Preiss was on hand to help the teams make use of the ShopBot on site to create the prototypes of their products. The ShopBot was in high demand because of its versatility and that kept David busy throughout the competition. The winning design actually made use of the ShopBot by machining wood, HDPE, and aluminum for the final product.

Make48 has published their own round-up of the event, where you can read more about the competition.
 

Recognizing the Community in Colleges in Heartland America

North Platte, NE often serves as a stopping place on the transit between the East and West Coasts of America. This year, it was the site for Region 5’s American Technology Education Association (ATEA) meeting. North Platte Community College, a division of Mid-Plains Community College, hosted the meeting in October. The mission of the ATEA is to serve as the leading provider of professional development for postsecondary technical educators.

An invitation was extended to ShopBot to give presentations on how to use CNC equipment for everything from creating circuit boards to 3D milling. ShopBot’s Sallye Coyle did a demo and presentation about digital fabrication which brought faculty, administrators, and students to the building construction area of the school.

To read more about Sallye’s experience in Nebraska, as well as how a Handibot figured into the mix, see her post on the ShopBot blog.
 

Charlotte Mini Maker Faire Weathers the Storm for New Audience


Last month, Al and Tim of ShopBot Tools were joined by local ShopBotter Eric Schneider at the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place Science. The trio held an interactive jack o’ lantern postcard printmaking session and showed off the Handibot’s draw-to-cut capabilities with the FabMo app. The added presence of Hurricane Matthew made for a day of excitement and improvisation, filled with last-minute location changes and a crowd of attendees who originally came in for shelter but left as bona fide Makers.
 
For more on the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire 2016, check out Tim Babiasz’s account of the event on 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!

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

November 15-17
Autodesk University
Las Vegas, NV

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

Join us for our second Camp ShopBot in Pittsburgh! 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.


Get Some Training

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

Upcoming Basic Training Classes at ShopBot:
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:


Twitter

Jordan McLane
@jordanrousseau



Used the moulding profile tool in #vcarve to create a custom curved moulding on the cnc today. I love my #shopbot

Matt S.
@beatleboymatt


Each practice project on the @ShopBotTools CNC gets a little better! #ohio #engraving #coasters #sawdust #maker

morphi
@MorphiApp


Our friend Bill Young of @shelter20 inspired all @FabLabDC yday w/their @ShopBotTools-cut transitional shelter for homeless+displaced people

Facebook

Charlie Cummings
October 20 at 8:57am
Two day ShopBot training outing for BeAM staff starts today. Fall break is a great time for team building!

Instagram

pippsterr
October 5

got chocolate? #designnight #autodesk #millingchocolate #shopbot

apostasy_fnord
October 8

Hey #clt come hang with my husband (and eventually me too!) at the Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place it’s #justalittlerain and the #minimakerfaire #clt is inside! #cltevents #stamps #shopbot

globeaw
October 15

Just a little hedgehog clock for my new baby niece, Sophie. Made with a #ShopBot

jaspersteventhomas
October 21

Background painted to use a monochromatic tone and next to give a lighter pink tone on skin. #cnc #davidbowie #illustrator #illustration #graphic # design #laserpainting #laseretched #maker #diy #independent #craft #craftmenship #master #shopbot #workinprogress #master #technical

Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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