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Able To Serve Gets A Helping Hand From ShopBot
Angela Simmons from Horizon Forest Products, ShopBot's wood supplier, recently made us aware of Able to Serve , a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities participate in the community through life skills training, creative arts, and community service projects. Our employees donated time designing and cutting parts for wood stools that the participants assembled, painted, and prepared for a Holiday Sale supporting their program. Sale of the stools helped raise almost $1000 for Able to Serve!
Elon U. Students Take a Field Trip to ShopBot
Jochen Fischer from the Department of Physics at Elon University brought 10 of his students in pre-engineering, robotics, and physics for a half day at ShopBot headquarters. Their tour exposed them to the real world applications of design, electronics, physics, mechanics, and robotics. (Last year's visit yielded a great intern for ShopBot!)
ShopBot Turns Up at the Woodturners
On Nov. 11, ShopBot's TJ Christiansen, Ryan Patterson, Nate Zellmer and Randy Johnson were special guests at a meeting of the Piedmont Triad Woodturners Association. About 70 people were there to enjoy ShopBot's series of demonstrations, introducing these primarily "traditional" turners to the benefits of turning with a CNC tool.
ShopBotters at Work
Designs on Great Fashion
Sidney Molepo has been using his ShopBot Desktop to create unique high-end shoes and handbags for celebrity clients like Jessica Chastain and Celine Dion. See the story with photos of his impressive work (Here).
Freedom Challenge Ministries
This faith-based non-profit helps people overcome struggles with addiction. They fund this good work with a growing ShopBot-based business. Today, 4 full-size PRSAlpha ATC tools run 24-7 making religious items and other products. Read the story (Here).
Seasonal ShopBot Decor
Recently we sent out a special edition of eNews encouraging everyone to make a small seasonal ornament to be displayed on the "CNC Tree" at ShopBot in Durham. We hope that you'll spend a little time CNC'ing a holiday curio and send it in. More info here: Calling For Seasonal Decor
This Month's ShopBot Tips
From Bill Young: "With the drier air of winter, problems from static electricity can start occurring. It's a good time to check over your electrical grounding, especially of your dust collection system."
From TJ Christiansen: "With changing temperatures and drop in humidity, your CNC table may have undergone some changes. It's smart to take the time to surface your table — start the New Year with a nice flat work surface!"
Get Some Training
Refresh your skills, learn something new, or expand your involvement in the ShopBotting community. It all happens at ShopBot Training, live and in-person (and online) at ShopBot Tools in Durham, NC. Sign up for one of our upcoming sessions by visiting the training section of our website. Learn More.
December 10: Online WebClass Training • 1-3 pm EST
January 8-9: Basic Training Classes at ShopBot
February 12-13: Basic Training Classes at ShopBot
Recently, ShopBot's own Brian Owens decided to design and build his own desk for his new office at ShopBot.
What's YOUR story?
What have you been up to with your ShopBot tool? We'd love to hear about it — we may even blog about it! Everyone likes to learn from the examples of other digital fabbers.
Get in touch here: Let us know how you're using your ShopBot.
For more info go to Coming Events For info on specific camps see the Camp ShopBots/UserGroups/Training topic on the Talk ShopBot Forum<