ShopBot On The Road
US Fab Lab Network
Sallye Coyle, ShopBot's Director of Outreach, attended The US Fab Lab Network annual meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, March 21-23. A number of Community Colleges are represented in the USFLN, so Sallye was able to explore the role of Community Colleges as a pivot point between education/training/workforce development and prototyping/manufacturing. She also introduced a new opportunity for Community Colleges to join the 100kGarages.com network as Community Resource Centers for entrepreneurs, designers, fabbers and those interested in doing small-scale manufacturing.
ShopBot Camp in San Diego
When planning camps, ShopBot tries to collaborate with hosts whose spaces offer curiosity and interest beyond just their ShopBot tool. This April, the San Diego Camp ShopBot location hit all the proximity switches right on cue: The Old Globe Theatre’s Technical Shop situated east of downtown San Diego. Having outgrown the theatre’s available build space, the technical production shop expanded into a huge warehouse a few years back. Gillian Kelleher, their Master Carpenter, reached out to us about hosting a camp after attending one in 2014. Camp attendees heard presentations on best practices in 3D carving, calculating feeds and speeds, finding hidden gems in the SB3 software, uses for the Donek Drag Knife, and more. Read more and additional photos on the ShopBot blog.
100kGarages Opens its Doors
to Community Colleges
There's now the opportunity for community colleges to join the 100kGarages.com 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 100kGarages.com