ShopBotters at Work
ShopBot precision helps Astor Bannerman meet the special needs of its customers
Founded 20 years ago in the UK, Astor Bannerman is a company that designs and manufactures specialized furnishings — including baths, lavatories, and office desks — for use by people with special needs and their caregivers. They rely on the precision and power of a full-size ShopBot Tool to craft baths that ensure the comfort and safety of the people who use them. Read the story and see video at the ShopBot Blog.
Nick Buchholz's ShopBot helps him explore new areas of design
Nick Buchholz has been an amateur woodworker for many years, maintaining a shop in his garage while working as a computer programmer for the National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. Nick's design interests are varied, and he says he enjoys pursuing all of them. “My original intention for the ShopBot Tool (a Buddy) was to create art nouveau and art deco dollhouse doors and windows, as well as model railroad buildings in various sizes.” So far, Nick reports, he’s designed and built a door, several signs for local businesses, parts for a marimba, a lot of storage shelving (“That’s so easy with the ShopBot”), and has been delving into making wooden flutes in the Native American style. Read the full story here.
FabLab Tacoma serves a community of students and entrepreneurs
Founded by Stephen Tibbitts, FabLab Tacoma is a community-based prototyping and technology workshop that’s open to the public with a membership business model. Tibbitts said, “We opened up the FabLab to provide easy access to cutting-edge design and prototyping equipment such as a ShopBot CNC router, laser cutters, and 3D printers. We are here to facilitate educational opportunities and provide a supportive community for students, inventors, artists, and DIY enthusiasts." Read the full story at the 100kGarages.com blog.