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Hack to the Future

You'll find ShopBotters in maker spaces, hacker spaces, FabLabs, TechShops, and all manner of spaces operating under all kinds of names. There's a common element to all of them: the people, who are driven to learn new and old tools for making, and are getting productive making all kinds of products, creating a future for themselves, their families, and communities.

You'll find many of them listed at our 100kGarages.com community. Do you know about an interesting maker space? Tell us about it -- we'd love to learn about it and help spread the word.

ShopBot was Here

Recently ShopBot helped sponsor an event called the FirstBuild Mega Hackathon in Louisville, KY. ShopBot's Nate Zellmer was there. "I had the pleasure of representing ShopBot and getting to know a lot of innovative thinkers."

 
The Fantastic 7, winners of the ShopBot award, pictured here with Nate Zellmer.

FirstBuild is a maker space sponsored by GE appliances. They have a team of engineers, fabricators, and marketers on hand whose mission is to create rapid innovation in the home appliance industry. The Mega Hackathon brought together a wide variety of sponsors from electronics, appliance, and tool making fields to encourage innovation. Over 200 engineers, hackers, makers, and designers gathered to create and prototype ideas in one long 30-hour session. There were some AMAZING ideas brought to life at the event. Read all about it and see pictures in Nate's blog post.

ShopBot at Mini-Maker Faires and FabLabs

ShopBot's Sallye Coyle told us, "I’ve recently been to two mini-Maker Faires, in Virginia and North Carolina. Each one I attend has its own special character, and generally are a contrast to the big ones, such as the Faires about to be held in Paris and California."

Sallye also mentioned, "I recently spent a week helping do a FabLab install of a ShopBot Tool at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in Norfolk, VA. ShopBot is one of many digital fabrication tools in the lab. The Navy is attempting to stay within a reduced budget by prototyping and problem solving in-house with their new FabLab."

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.


ShopBot Control Software v.3.8.30 was released on 4/28/15. For more information on this release and to download the software, visit the control software support page on our website.

Get Some Training

Live training classes are held on a regular basis at ShopBot Headquarters in Durham, NC. You can sign-up for one of them here.
Can't make it to ShopBot in-person? Then check out our online training sessions.

Upcoming Basic Training Classes at ShopBot:
June 4-5 
July 9-10

Upcoming Online WebClass Training Sessions:
May 13 and 27
June 10 and 24
July 22
These sessions typically start at 1pm EST.
 

Camp ShopBot

May 16 – New Jersey Camp (Mays Landing, NJ)
July 11 – Northwest Camp (Kelso, WA)

Events and Shows



10th Annual Bay Area Maker Faire
San Mateo, CA • May 15-17 
Stop by and see us at our booth! We're playing host to a CNC Village of makers and entrepreneurs including Oru Kayak and Autistry Studios. Plus, stop by our booth to get a sneak preview of a couple of our projects currently in development.

ShopBot has some free passes available to the Bay Area Maker Faire. Contact us here, on a first-come, first-served basis.


EdCamp Magic 2015
June 5-7
Orlando, FL

2015 CNC Workshop - Hosted by TechShop Detroit
June 15-20
TechShop Detroit
Allen Park, MI

Furniture Society Symposium
June 25-27
American Tobacco Campus,
Durham, NC
 
Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Digital Design and Fabrication Classes taught by ShopBot's Randy Johnson
July 13-19

Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
Thomas Carlyle

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