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Making cabinet components on a CNC router has become a common practice today. The technology of manufacturing cabinet boxes, doors, drawer fronts, shelves and even countertops with a robotic tool is now well within the reach of smaller shops. Using CNC technology, cabinetmakers are now able to increase production throughput, while minimizing material handling.
In addition to high-volume furniture and millwork companies, novice and master craftsmen alike are embracing CNC technology in their workshops.
ShopBots are used in signmaking to carve images in wood and foam, to cut plastic and aluminum letters, and to intricately machine the all sorts of graphic objects and letters. Full 3D cutting capabilities allow cutting and machining of practically anything.
Boatbuilding is a natural for utilizing the benefits of CNC technology, and the first ShopBot was developed as a boatbuilder's tool. In boatbuilding, ShopBot CNCs are used for cutting frames, plywood panels and all manner of interior and exterior parts. They are used in wood, fiberglass and aluminum production processes.
Luthiers of all disciplines can now supplement their traditional woodworking tools with CNC routers. While the CNC may not duplicate all of the specialized processes involved in instrument making, it brings new capabilities that can transform an ordinary shop to an extraordinary one.
ShopBots are used in production, from Boeing's F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet to WoodMode's custom cabinets. Production operations from drilling and trimming to more complex milling or machining are easily customized and incorporated into cellular production operations.
CNC tools provide builders and remodeling professionals new capabilities to produce distinctive work. Carving, trim, arches and various architectural forms can be reproduced for remodeling work or created for new designs.
With the development of powerful, easy-to-use software and a CNC router, just about anyone can carve beautiful parts, even if he is not a world-class hand carver.
A CNC tool can be used in many ways for prototyping, reverse engineering and modeling. As a rapid prototyping tool, a ShopBot can machine foam, wood, plastics and aluminum to efficiently create prototype and reproduction parts.
ShopBot CNCs allow trade show exhibit companies to work with a wide variety of materials to meet the needs of their customer. Millwork and sign making skills come together with wood, acrylic, aluminum and even vinyl and glass to showcase clients' brands..
CNC tools and ShopBots are becoming a focus for new types of technology training in educational settings. As the traditional model of vocational training has waned, many school systems are adapting with newer technologies.
If you're a developer, experimenter, hobbyist or potential OEM customer, you've found the right place. This page explains various ShopBot CNC Control System modules and components for those interested in creating or modifying their own tools or robots, or for using our systems in manufacturing other products.