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ShopBot Sponsors Makerspace Challenge to Help Students Learn 21st Century Job Skills

ShopBot Tools is proud to be a key sponsor of the U.S. Department of Education's CTE (Career & Technical Education) Makeover Challenge. Hundreds of schools recently entered their designs for a school-based makerspace, with a chance to win $20K to build and furnish their makerspace! Ten schools will be awarded this prize, which also includes access to the CTE Makeover Bootcamp, a 6-week program providing resources and expertise in makerspace design and planning.

ShopBot Tools is involved in a big way. We’re donating Handibot® Smart Power Tools, training classes, webinars, and blogs to help teachers and students set up and get the most from their digital fabrication tools. Read more at the ShopBot Blog.

Check out our new video about
the ShopBot Desktop MAX

Our new 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. The Desktop MAX's power and precision will make it a favorite of sign makers, luthiers, furniture makers, and anyone interested in prototyping or full production. The tool features two options for beds, an aluminum deck or a plenum with universal hold-down system. Learn more about these options and see full specs for the tool here.

Handibot® Smart Power Tool

v 2.0 Adventure Edition

The Handibot team is proud to announce release of v 2.0 of the Handibot Smart Power Tool. Available online only at, this tool reimagines CNC as a portable smart tool you can take anywhere and run from any WiFi-enabled device. The tool features our debut of the revolutionary control software, FabMo. This enables you to use Handibot apps to make projects and run simple jobs without requiring knowledge of CAD & CAM software. Learn more about the Handibot tool here.

ShopBot On The Road


STEM Expo Day at York Elementary in Raleigh

For the second year in a row, ShopBot visited York Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, to participate in their STEM Expo. This year’s theme was Creating a Green Scene, so many of the displays and demos used recycled materials in creative ways. Sallye Coyle, our Community Outreach Director, prefabricated the parts for step stools that could be used at the water fountains or in the classrooms. Handibot Developer Brian Owen demonstrated the process of designing on the computer so that the Handibot could carve the school logo or a student’s design on the tops of the stools.

Coming this Summer: Fab 12 in China!

Each year members of the more than 1,000 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, collaborate, explore and, of course, fabricate. In August 2016 they will meet in Shenzhen, China a historically important city for manufacturing and making, and ShopBot will be there. Learn more at the Fab 12 website (Be sure to check out the photo slideshow from Fab 11; you'll see familiar faces from ShopBot!)

100kGarages Opens its Doors
to Community Colleges

There's now the opportunity for community colleges to join the network as Community Resource Centers for nearby entrepreneurs, designers, fabbers and those interested in doing small-scale manufacturing. This is a great way for local colleges to both nurture and collaborate with startups and established businesses using digital fabrication. Learn more about the Pilot Program at

Save the Date!

ShopBot Tools' 20th Anniversary Road Show

Arlington, VA • September 16-17
San Francisco, CA • November 11-12

Gathering. Sharing. Learning.
A public celebration of our 20th year and the future of digital fab! More details to come. Sign up to stay informed.

Production Support News

ShopBot's Rotary Indexer

So much more than a lathe.

Visit the new updated rotary indexer page on our website for information about the various indexers available for use with your ShopBot tool, as well as examples of the kind of work you can do with a rotary indexer.

ShopBotters Get Social

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

Mar 01, 7:23am via Twitter for iPhone

We have entered the industrial era!
@ShopBotTools #CNC #etsy#newproductline #comingsoon #firsttry
Mar 02, 5:41pm via Twitter for iPhone

Sitka Rad Fab guitar PD this week Follow the process here
@CTEWorks @ORLearns@Rhino3DTV @stemoregon@ShopBotTools
Mar 04, 3:05pm via Twitter Web Client
Thanks @ztellman for comp. geometry chats, @ShopBotTools for an awesome CNC machine, and @ryanlucas for a great garage.

Get Some Training

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

Upcoming Basic Training Classes at ShopBot:
June 16-17
July 7-8
Aug 4-5
Classes have been selling out fast: sign up here!

Upcoming Intermediate Training Classes at ShopBot:
July 21-22

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

Advanced Training
for Educators

lead by Sallye Coyle
July 14-16
Sign up to receive additional information as it is made available.

Camp ShopBot

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

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!

Digital Design and Fabrication Classes

Port Townsend School
of Woodworking

Port Townsend, WA

Beginning Digital Design and Fabrication
Taught by ShopBot's own Thea Eck
July 11-15

Intermediate Digital Design
Taught by long time ShopBotter Andy Pitts
July 18-22

New in the
Online Store

Our new
Sign Makers Bit Kit

Made up of 6 popular bits that offer a variety of cutting options. $245.00

Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business.
- Leo Burnett

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