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Learning to Machine 3D Scans with a ShopBot CNC

As a part of the TIES organization, ShopBot's Sallye Coyle along with Caroline McEnnis, TIES' Director of Engineering Education and Fab Lab, worked for three days with teachers, interns, and staff on a Professional Development session at the Chevron FabLab at California State University Bakersfield. The goal was to give these people more experience with the digital fabrication tools and electronic components available in their lab.

Using various tools and software available in the lab, and with the guidance of Sallye and Caroline, the attendees scanned themselves in 3D, and then both 3D printed and used a ShopBot CNC to create their likeness out of different materials. Read more of the details and see some photos on the ShopBot blog.

Sharing Can Be Hard Work!

Bill Young shares his knowledge and musings about the importance of sharing to ShopBot's DNA and how the idea of sharing has changed with the evolution of technology and the internet. Here's a hint: they used to send their shareware out via floppy disk!

ShopBot on the Road

Fab 12 Recap

Fab 12, the 12th international gathering of FabLabs, took place in Shenzhen, China in August. The focus of Fab 12 was FABLAB 2.0: Fabricating the Future, the idea of fabrication tools being used to produce a Fab Lab and the manufacturing machines of the future. Since the Handibot was inspired by work of MIT students under the direction of MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld, Center for Bits and Atoms, it seemed only proper that a Handibot travel to Shenzhen to take part in the festivities.

Sallye Coyle spent 10 days in Shenzhen, prepping the ShopBot tool at Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL) for use during the conference, then meeting and renewing friendships with Fab Labbers from around the world. To read more about the Symposium and the weekend's Fab Fest, as well as see some photos, see Sallye's post on the ShopBot blog.

And Coming Up...

Find ShopBot and Handibot at these upcoming events. Make sure to check out our calendar to see what else is going on!

September 16-18
2nd Annual Destination Innovation Exposition
Waynesboro, PA

October 1-2 
World Maker Faire

October 6-7
ATEA (American Technical Educators Association) Region 5 Conference
North Platte, NE

October 7
Open Source Hardware Association Summit
Portland, OR

October 8
Charlotte Mini Maker Faire
Charlotte, NC
If you're interested in passes to this event, contact us.

October 8-11
National Association Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
Sacremento, CA

October 24-26
NCIA Southeastern Regional Training Conference
White Sulphur Springs, WV

ShopBotters at Work

ShopBot one of the most popular tools at think[box] maker space

Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] is arguably one of the largest and most dynamic maker spaces in the country. think[box] is located at Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and provides a space for anyone – students, faculty, and alumni and members of the community – to tinker and creatively invent. Housed in a 7-story, 50,000 square foot facility, with 3 floors occupied and more to undergo renovation soon, this $35M project is one of the largest university-based innovation centers in the world. By numbers, think[box] receives over 5000 visits each month!
To read more about think[box], and see some of the things people are doing with the ShopBot there, visit the ShopBot blog.

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, but keep your eye on the ShopBot website’s “Events” page, where we’ll post any additional camps as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Camps:

October 15
Michigan Camp • TechShop Detroit

November 19
Pittsburgh Camp • TechShop Pittsburgh

Vector Art Mega Collection Volumes 1, 2, & 3 Price Drop to $149!

Each volume includes a printed catalog and CD with 5000+ images (.ai and .eps formats). A great gift for your favorite ShopBotter.
You can buy them in our online store today!

Did you know that people list used tools for sale on our forum? Did you know that CNC classes and workshops offered by organizations other than ShopBot can often be found listed there as well? The forum is a great resource for tips, questions, and to meet other ShopBotters!

Get Some Training

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

Upcoming Basic Training Classes at ShopBot:
September 22-23
October 20-21
November 3-4
November 17-18

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:



(Translated from Japanese)
Cutting processing of the TECH SHOP TOKYO Noh masks. Real. Scary… ShopBot carrying just terrific addition and subtraction. President Arisaka came in civilian clothes ☺︎ #MFT2016

Jordan McLane

With the first layers beginning to tack up, a ships hull slowly emerges! @ShopBotTools make dreams come true!

BPS Innovation

BHS student using our ShopBot for his Eagle Scout project. @ShopBotTools @boyscouts

Matt S.

Honing skills on @Adobe Illustrator & @ShopBotTools CNC designed & cut a tree display for 3D printed owls to live in

FabLab Rwanda

Happening now @fablabrw #JobSezibera teaching students how to use #shopbot #digitalfabrication


August 23 at 9:51am

Geek out with CNC. Check out this sawhorse to get you going in SketchUp and ShopBot Tools, Inc.


August 10

This little #handibot is almost too cute but it means business

August 21

#ShopBot is up and running 😆🛠 #lostarts #designer #maker #hacker

August 24

This may be the most useful object ever made at Machines Room. It’s certainly the biggest. And floatiest. And fastest. #cnc #shopbot #punt #makermile #canal

Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.
- Thomas Edison

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