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ShopBot Tools Introduces the Handibot™ Smart Power Tool: The Company's First-in-Class Universal Digital Power Tool

San Mateo, CA (May 15, 2013)- ShopBot Tools, Inc., today introduced its latest hardware innovation, the Handibot™ smart power tool, to much buzz at MAKE Magazine's Hardware Innovation Workshop. This event precedes the annual Maker Faire in San Mateo. ShopBot Founder and CEO Ted Hall, and ShopBot developers David Bryan and Bill Young were all on hand to demonstrate ShopBot's first entry in a tool category they have dubbed Universal Digital Power Tools (or "U-deeps").
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Woodworking CNC technology champion Randy Johnson joins ShopBot Tools

Durham, NC (November 28, 2012)- Durham, NC-based ShopBot Tools is proud to announce that Randy Johnson, the long-time Editor-in-Chief of American Woodworker magazine, has joined the team at ShopBot as Director of Education. ShopBot Tools designs and builds digital fabrication tools (also known as CNC or computernumerically- controlled tools) used in the manufacturing of everything from furniture, to parts used in housing, aerospace, transportation and countless other applications.
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ShopBot Tools brings first-ever ShopBot Camp to South America:"Campo de ShopBot" celebrates the digital fabrication community

Guatemala (August 9 - 11, 2012)- Durham, NC-based ShopBot Tools is bringing the first "Campo de ShopBot" to Guatemala. ShopBot Tools designs and builds digital fabrication tools (also known as CNC or computer-numerically-controlled tools) used in the manufacturing of everything from furniture, to parts used in housing, aerospace, transportation and countless other applications.
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ShopBot showcases digital tools and projects at SkillsUSA 2012

Kansas City (June 23-27, 2012) - SkillsUSA returned to Kansas City recently for the 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.
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ShopBot Tools helps celebrate the Grand Opening of the Detroit TechShop

 Detroit, MI (May 5 & 6, 2012) - TechShop just opened the country's newest TechShop location, and ShopBot Tools — a technology supplier and sponsor of TechShop and the maker movement — was on hand to celebrate TechShop's establishment in the Motor City.
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ShopBot Positions its Desktop CNC Tool for the Emerging Needs of Digital Fabricators

Durham, NC (September 19, 2011) – Earlier this year ShopBot Tools introduced their entry into the small-footprint CNC market with the ShopBot Desktop. Ted Hall, Founder and CEO of ShopBot, said, "The response to the Desktop has been great, from hobbyists, to small and mid-size business owners, to educators. With input from our users, we're positioning the ShopBot Desktop as a platform for all kinds of digital fabrication capabilities."
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ShopBot participates in Fab7, the annual worldwide meeting of FabLabs

Lima, Peru (August 15 -19, 2011) - ShopBot Tools is a featured participant in Fab7 (, the annual meeting of FabLabs from around the world. This year the conference is being held in Lima. FabLabs bring technology and digital fabrication machinery to those who want to make what they need. There is a ShopBot in most of the 50 FabLabs open throughout the world, with more opening every week. Sallye Coyle will be making several presentations for ShopBot.
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ShopBot Tools Joins North Carolina’s Manufacturing Makes it Real Tour

NC CNC company sponsors bus tour to recognize manufacturers, products and employees
Durham, NC (July 14, 2010) – ShopBot Tools has signed on as a sponsor of the Manufacturing Makes it Real Tour. Presented by North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service, which recently completed a campaign to produce a billion dollars in economic value for the state of North Carolina, the statewide bus tour will recognize North Carolina manufacturers, their products and their employees.
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Jason Sacks Scores Podium Finish in Xtreme Outlaws 250

ShopBot-Sponsored Off-Road Racer Claims Second Place in Inaugural XO250 Race
Durham, NC (June 23, 2010) - Desert racer Jason Sacks took the runner-up spot in the Sportsman class at the inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Off-Road Race (XO250) sanctioned by VORRA Racing held this past weekend in and around Reno, NV. Jason took his ShopBot Tools-sponsored desert racer to second place behind teammate Terry Shelton in a race marked by last-minute route changes, obsolete maps and course vandalism.
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ShopBot: The fastest tool in the shop is now the fastest tool in the desert

ShopBot Tools sponsors Jason Sacks in the Xtreme Outlaws 250 to be televised on ESPN
Durham, NC (June 7, 2010) - Widely known in the woodworking and sign making industries for the speed and performance of its powerful, affordable CNC systems, ShopBot Tools has signed on as title sponsor of off-road racer Jason Sacks in the Xtreme Outlaws 250, taking place June 17-20 in and around Reno, Nevada.
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ShopBot Wraps Up Another Successful Jamboree

Durham, NC (April 28, 2010) - The eighth-annual ShopBot Jamboree returned to Durham, North Carolina on April 22-24 with a focus on starting, running and growing a successful business using CNC – or digital – fabrication.
Approximately 200 fabricators, manufacturers, do it yourselfers, sign makers, cabinet makers, artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds joined speakers, vendors and ShopBot staff for three days of training, application demonstrations, show & tell, presentations and networking with fellow ShopBot enthusiasts.
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ShopBot Jamboree and Industrial Revolution 2.0 come to Durham, NC

Durham, NC (March 22, 2010) – After one year on the West Coast, one year in Texas and a one-year break, the ShopBot Jamboree will return to Durham, North Carolina this spring. Current and soon-to-be ShopBotters, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in digital fabrication, distributed manufacturing, serious DIY, sign making or cabinet making is invited to join the ShopBot community for two days of application demonstrations, show & tell, vendor presentations and networking with fellow ShopBot enthusiasts. 
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ShopBot Increases Performance of PRSstandard CNC Systems

Durham, NC (February 8, 2010) – ShopBot Tools, Inc. has introduced a new control box and control board for its PRSstandard CNC systems. The new PRSstandard Control System includes RBK Series motor drivers contained in a sealed, aluminum, industrial unit. The RBK drivers provide higher speeds and smoother cutting than ShopBot’s previous generations of PRSstandard models. 
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ShopBot Signs on as an ISA International Sign Expo 2010 Exhibitor

Durham, NC (January 27, 2010) –  ShopBot Tools will be an exhibitor at the International Sign Association’s Sign Expo 2010, this spring at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. A long-time manufacturer of powerful, affordable CNC fabrication systems for sign makers and professionals in a range of other industries, ShopBot will be demonstrating its PRSalpha CNC system and the features that make the machine an attractive addition to any sign shop, regardless of size or budget. 
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ShopBot Introduces Eyes-On Tech Support

Durham, NC (January 20, 2010) –  ShopBot Tools is now shipping a Logitech webcam with every ShopBot CNC system. The webcams will serve as a component of ShopBot’s new Eyes-On Technical Support System, allowing technicians to troubleshoot electronic and mechanical components and to assist with machine and accessory setup.
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ShopBot Basic Training now available on the West Coast

Durham, NC (January 7, 2010) –  ShopBot Basic Training, a two-day course in part design and operation of a ShopBot CNC system, is now being offered on the West Coast by Ilan Dei of Ilan Dei Studio in Venice Beach, CA. The program includes one day of introduction to ShopBot Control Software and mechanical systems and one day of using PartWorks design software to create ShopBot part files. 
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With Project: Tyro, ShopBot crowdsources the direction of Digital Fabrication

ShopBot opens the development of their next CNC system
Durham, NC (September 21, 2009) –  “What would you want in a small ShopBot?” That’s the question ShopBot is asking makers, do-it-yourselfers and current ShopBotters in the company’s pursuit to develop the next powerful, affordable, small-format digital fabrication tool.
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100k Garages offers a new way to get things made

ShopBot and Ponoko make it easier than ever to have custom products made locally
Durham, NC (September 9, 2009) – The launch of begins a new chapter in how things are made and produced, enabling parts for products of all kinds to be custom fabricated locally, near where they are needed, using state-of-the-art digital fabrication tools.
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ShopBot to host Users Group in San Mateo, CA

Camp ShopBot Will Take Place One Day Prior to the Fourth-Annual Bay Area Maker Faire
Durham, NC (April 23, 2009) – For the third consecutive year, ShopBot Tools, designer/manufacturer of affordable, high-performance digital fabrication – or CNC – systems, will be a sponsor and featured exhibitor at the Bay Area Maker Faire presented by MAKE: magazine, May 30-31 at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, California. As in the past, ShopBot will hold an event on the day prior to Maker Faire. This year's event will be a Camp ShopBot on May 29 that, like Maker Faire, will celebrate American talent, creativity and ingenuity. ShopBot owners and operators are encouraged to show and demonstrate the projects made possible by their ShopBots, and those who are not yet ShopBotters are welcome to participate, ask questions and learn from experienced users.
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ShopBot offers Economic Stimulus Packages for cabinet makers

Cabinet System Includes Automatic Tool Changer & eCabinet Systems Software
Durham, NC (April 20, 2009) – ShopBot Tools is offering five CNC system packages configured for the different needs and budgets of cabinet and furniture shops. Each of the packages is based on the highly capable yet affordable ShopBot PRSalpha CNC system combined with the eCabinet/ShopBot Link that allows ShopBots to fully utilize eCabinet Systems software for cabinet building and furniture making.
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ShopBot announces open-syntax format for machine control code

Durham, NC (April 15, 2009) – ShopBot Tools has announced an open-syntax format for machine control code – OpenSBP®.  OpenSBP® is a syntax standard for the toolpath and instruction code used to control CNC machines and digital fabrication tools. It is in the public domain and freely available for use on any equipment. It may be generated and exported by any software for use on digital fabrication tools.
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ShopBot introduces Automatic Tool Changer

Durham, NC (April 9, 2009) – ShopBot Tools has introduced an automatic tool changer as an option for their professional/industrial line of CNC systems.
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ShopBot/Thermwood partnership allows eCabinet Systems to run on ShopBot CNCs

Durham, NC (April 7, 2009) – ShopBot Tools and Thermwood Corporation have entered into a partnership that will allow CNC output from Thermwood’s eCabinet Systems software to operate ShopBot CNCs. The ShopBot Link software program, available from Thermwood, accepts a .twd output file from eCabinet Systems, nests the parts and creates properly formatted files for the ShopBot control.
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ShopBot's new Retro Z increases performance of older ShopBot CNCs

Durham, NC (March 11, 2009) – ShopBot Tools introduces the PRS Retro Z Axis. Comprised of an extruded aluminum Z beam and a captured bearing system, the Retro Z allows owners of older ShopBot PR and PRT machines to upgrade to a newer PRS-style Z axis. The PRS Retro Z Axis increases rigidity and tool accuracy in the older-model ShopBots and is a great way to rejuvenate a ShopBot’s performance after years of dependable use.
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ShopBot sells WidgetWorks specialty cutting bits for CNC routers

Durham, NC (December 1, 2008) – ShopBot Tools now offers specialty cutting bits by WidgetWorks Unlimited. The bits are designed to draw, cut or engrave, and allow ShopBotters to expand the types of projects they can create with their CNC machines.
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ShopBot Offers turnkey CNC packages

Durham, NC (November 18, 2008) – In its continuing effort to get customers up and running on their ShopBot CNCs as quickly and easily as possible, ShopBot Tools offers turnkey CNC packages for a variety of applications, from cabinets to signs.
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ShopBot earns two Editor's Choice Awards at Maker Faire Austin

Austin, TX (Oct 23, 2008) - ShopBot Tools earned two Make: magazine Editor’s Choice awards at Maker Faire, held Oct 18 and 19 in Austin, Texas. The first award was given for the ShopBot Buddy® 48 CNC system with PowerStick, and the second award was given for the ShopBot Shed...
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ShopBot holds its seventh-annual Jamboree in Austin, Texas

Austin, TX (October 23, 2008) - From October 15-19, Austin, Texas became the temporary home of more than 100 woodworkers, designers, do-it-yourselfers, luthiers, boatbuilders, sign makers, plastic manufacturers and other CNC craftsmen and enthusiasts from around the world when ShopBot Tools held its seventh-annual Jamboree at the Travis County Expo center in the three days leading up to Make magazine’s Maker Faire...
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ShopBot partners with Bishop-Wisecarver on linear motion systems for new ShopBot Buddy with PowerStick

Durham, NC (August 2008) – ShopBot Tools, Inc. has selected a Bishop-Wisecarver linear motion solution for the PowerStick feature of its second generation  ShopBot “Buddy.” For years, ShopBot has used Bishop-Wisecarver’s signature DualVee® - based products in its award-winning machines, due to DualVee’s ability to operate in environments that are routinely covered in wood chips and sawdust...
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ShopBot Buddy with PowerStick selected as Challengers Award finalist at IWF

Durham, NC (July 2008) – ShopBot Tools Inc. has been chosen as a finalist for the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair’s Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award. The company’s newest line of compact CNC routers, the PRSalpha BT32 and BT48 ShopBot “Buddy,” and its innovative PowerStick are among the 20 finalists - from a record 126 entries - for the prestigious IWF award...
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In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits

Wired (January 25, 2010) – A garage renaissance is spilling over into such phenomena as the booming Maker Faires and local “hackerspaces.” Peer production, open source, crowdsourcing, user-generated content — all these digital trends have begun to play out in the world of atoms, too. The Web was just the proof of concept. Now the revolution hits the real world.
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Rapid Prototyping "On the Cheap"

Machine Design (January 13, 2010) – Mixing social networking with digital fabrication provides a recipe for rapid mass customization. New approaches to rapid manufacturing let almost anyone inexpensively produce parts, products, and prototypes. So says Ted Hall, founder of ShopBot Tools in Durham, NC...
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Woodshop News (November 2009) – ShopBot and Ponoko have combined on joint venture to bring together small shops with local CNC machinery operators.  The September launch of began a new concept of custom fabrication...
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2008 Top Products

Today's Industrial Products & Solutions (December 2008) – ShopBot Tools is the number-one producer of affordable CNCs.  ShopBot's Personal Robotic Systems (PRS) are CNC routers designed for robust, industrial production in a host of manufacturing settings.
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Custom linear motion design speeds assembly

Design World (October 2008) – ShopBot, a leading manufacturer of CNC routing machines, selected a Bishop-Wisecarver linear motion device for the PowerStick feature of its second-generation ShopBot "Buddy."
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ShopBot adds “Buddy” to compact CNC line

Woodshop News (November 2008) – ShopBot recently launched its newly designed compact and mobile CNC, the ShopBot Buddy, which can handle larger pieces of sheet goods than its predecessor, the ShopBot BenchTop.  The ShopBot Buddy models come in either 32 or 48 PRSalpha or PRSstandard versions, depending on motor and drive system.
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ShopBot CNC router - Fast, accurate and creative

American Woodworker (September 2008) – Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines for drilling, sawing and routing have been around for decades. Their precision, speed, versatility and ability to perform repetitive tasks have revolutionized the cabinet and furniture industry...
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Wood magazine names ShopBot Buddy one of the 15 Smokin' tools for 2008

Wood (Dec 2007) – "Wood magazine editors traveled the globe this past year looking for new tools, accessories and supplies designed to make the most of your time in the shop.  Here's the best of what we found."
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ShopBot: CNC for the rest of us

Woodworker's Journal (Sep 2007) – "Remember those clever all-in-one tools like the Shopsmith?  The idea was to have one machine that took up limited space but could do almost every woodworking task.  Well, say hello to ShopBot, the modern answer to that age-old problem..."
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In with the new at the 2007 AWFS Fair

Woodshop News (Sep 2007) – "ShopBot Tools introduced a benchtop CNC machine, suitable for a small shop or job site.  It's a scaled-down version of the company's Personal Robotic System line..."
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Coverage from the AWFS Fair

Woodshop News (July 2007) – Video blog and web article from the 2007 Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada
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ShopBotters converge on California

CabinetMaker (July 2007) – CabinetMaker Digest "The sixth annual ShopBot Jamboree took place May 16-18 in San Mateo and Foster City, California..."
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ShopBot develops new CNC router for D-I-Y boatbuilding

Boatbuilder (May/June 2007) – "ShopBot Tools has launched a new line of CNC routers for serious do-it-yourselfers. The new Personal Robotic Systems (PRSstandard) are automated cutting, routing, carving and drilling tools offering many of the features and capabilities of larger, more expensive CNC machines."
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CNC machinery for small shops

 Woodshop News (April 2007) – "In about three months CNC manufacturers will descend on Las Vegas for the AWFS Fair, choosing the year's biggest woodworking show to unveil their new products.  Call us impatient but we wanted to know now, so we proudly present a sampling of the latest CNC machinery available for the small shop..."
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How CNC routers are being used by sign shops

SignBuilder Illustrated (December, 2005) - “The key to machining any material with CNC is matching the appropriate cutter with the right feed rates and spindle speeds,” says Ted Hall, president of CNC router manufacturer and tool provider ShopBot Tools, Inc., of Durham, North Carolina. The company states that there are almost 4,000 three-dimensional capable ShopBot CNC tools in the field, many of them being used by sign makers. “Our ShopBot CNC routers are being used around the world to produce commercial, residential, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, plastic, wood, and aluminum signs,” says Hall. “Signs with carved features made from foam and wood are becoming increasingly popular ..."
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Woodworking CNCs: Routers and beyond

WoodShop News (November, 2005) - "The affordability of CNC machinery for the small and medium shop becomes more attractive with each passing year. CNC, which stands for computer-numerically-controlled, allows a shop to perform repetitive jobs with precision while cutting production time and employee workload -- resulting in a higher profit margin. "
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Tomorrow's woodworking today with CNC routers

WOOD Magazine (October, 2005) - How many times have we seen a high-tech product start out high- priced, and then watch it inch down in cost, becoming affordable for a broader audience? Computers, DVD players, and digital cameras have all traveled that highway. And now, in woodworking, CNC (computer numerically controlled) cutting machines have joined the parade. ShopBot Tools, Inc, located in Durham, North Carolina, has figured a way to produce quality, production-oriented CNCs from $6,995 to $10,995. That’s about one-fifth the cost of industrial models found in factories that mass-produce plastic and wood parts.
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AWFS® New Products Volume 26, Number 5 (September 29, 2005) - ShopBot Tools Inc., a manufacturer of CNC tools, offers the fastest CNC routers in its class. The new line of CNCs feature the industry’s first closed-loop stepper motors that give ShopBot’s tools performance speeds of up to 1,800 inches per minute for transit and 600 inches per minute for cutting. Now, almost a year after their introduction, these PRTalpha tools are believed to be the fastest selling CNC ever with more than 400 sold in the inaugural year.

“We have always aimed at being the industry leader in affordable, performance CNC,” said Ted Hall, president of ShopBot Tools Inc. “We credit the success of the PRTalpha to its ability to give our customers the maximum production possible at the most affordable price-point on the market.”

The ShopBot PRTalpha is the only CNC available with the closed-loop, “alphaStep” motors and drivers. These motors combine the best features of servo and stepper motors – offering exceptionally fast and smooth cutting motion with no “tuning” or “hunting” problems. The PRTalpha technology remains very affordable. A complete 4’ x 8’ ShopBot CNC tool with a 5HP Columbo spindle and CAD CAM software starts for less than $14,500.


DURHAM, NC (July 26, 2005) - ShopBot Tools Inc., the leading manufacturer of affordable CNC routers, announced the release of the new ShopBot Air Drill Attachment at its annual Jamboree in April 2005. The attachment allows ShopBot CNCs to drill holes without changing bits. The Air Drill Attachment is great for cabinet and furniture makers who desire new capabilities for their ShopBot CNC. The attachment fits next to the cutter head on the Y carriage. “We are very excited about the new ShopBot Air Drill Attachment,” said Ted Hall, president of ShopBot Tools Inc. “It is just another step in our commitment to offer our customers the most affordable, competitive advantages possible for their ShopBot CNCs.”


DURHAM, NC (July 10, 2005) - ShopBot Tools Inc., the leading manufacturer of affordable CNC routers, is proud to announce the release of the ShopBot Cabinet System. This all-inclusive system combines the ShopBot Cabinet Machine with industry-leading KCDw and ArtCAM Cabinetmaker software for easy design and fabrication of cabinet components.

“We are very excited to offer cabinet makers the most affordable nested-based cabinet package on the market,” said Ted Hall, president of ShopBot Tools Inc. “This all started two years ago when we developed a tool with increased speed and accuracy. When the ShopBot PRTalpha was introduced last year, we immediately began work on putting together a complete system for cabinet shops. The ShopBot Cabinet System is a great package that is complete, effective and priced for less than what most Cabinetmakers would pay for just a CNC tool.

”The system comes with a ShopBot PRTalpha96 featuring alphaStep closed-loop motors for transit speeds of 1,800 inches per minute and cutting speeds up to 600 inches per minute. The Machine is fitted with the new ShopBot Air Drill Head allowing cabinet makers to drill holes without expensive tool changers. The software includes industry leading KCDw and ArtCAM Cabinetmaker for streamlined design and fabrication of cabinet components. The ShopBot Cabinet System also includes a 5 horsepower Colombo Spindle and 15 horsepower vacuum pump.


DURHAM, NC (March 22, 2005) - A ShopBot PRT 96, a computer numerically controlled (CNC) cutting machine produced by ShopBot Tools of Durham, N.C., appeared on the hit show “New Yankee Workshop” on PBS on March 26, 2005.  The show highlighted a variety of sign making techniques at the Lincoln Sign Company in Lincoln, NH, the place where the original “New Yankee Workshop” sign was crafted.  

“The show has always wanted to pay [the Lincoln Sign Company] a visit and to find out how professionals create these masterpieces,” officials from the “New Yankee Workshop” stated on their website.  “In this program, Norm [Abram] does just that and finds out how a router, a sand blaster, a hand chisel and a sophisticated computerized machine can be used to carve out modern signs.  Then he learns how the professionals design, hand letter, paint and gild these beauties.”  

The ShopBot was used in J.D. Iles’ workshop where, during the shoot, the tool is V-carving a sign.  Also, the benefits of using a CNC machine are discussed.  

“J.D., his family and crew were great,” said Gordon Bergfors, ShopBot technical assistant on the set.  “They were very friendly and excited about the event.  J.D. is very enthusiastic about his ShopBot and how it is helping his company grow and produce some of the most amazing signs.  It was also exciting to meet Norm and to talk to him about woodworking.”


DURHAM, NC (February 23, 2005) - Ty Pennington went to the hospital with appendicitis, and it was a ShopBot CNC that helped keep his “secret room” project on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” on schedule.

A ShopBot CNC router, manufactured by ShopBot Tools Inc. of Durham, N.C., made another television appearance on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition – How’d They Do That?” in February. The episode featured a segment on how CNC routers are used in furniture making. The ShopBot CNC was used to cut key parts of a piece of furniture for Pennington’s “secret room” – a ribbed bench called “the sternum.”

“We are very proud of our product,” said Ted Hall, president and owner of ShopBot Tools Inc. “We believe the high profile attention it receives is a direct result of the performance of our tools and the quality of support we provide.”

The ShopBot woodworking machine is not an official product of the ABC show, but is owned by Pennington who purchased it in the fall of 2003. Rob Williams, Pennington’s shop manager, operated the ShopBot on the episode when the filming took place in his workshop in Atlanta, Ga. earlier in February.

About ShopBot Tools, Inc:
ShopBot Tools, based in Durham, N.C., designs and manufactures low-cost, high-value Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) cutting systems.  ShopBot was founded by CEO Ted Hall, Ph.D., a Duke University professor of neuroscience, who developed the tool while building plywood boats as a hobby.  After several years of development, the company began shipping tools in 1996.  With 6,000 ShopBots in 54 countries, ShopBot is one of the largest producers of CNC systems for woodworking and plastics in North America.  The company employs 25 people in the Durham, N.C. area. 

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