The ShopBot Desktop

Built to perform like a big tool, built to be flexible, and built to last.

Our affordable, smaller-sized ShopBot Desktop is a digital fabrication powerhouse. In addition to impressive woodworking capabilities, the Desktop delivers engravinglevel precision and the power and rigidity to machine parts from wood, plastic, aluminum, and other materials. The Desktop can perform a wide range of workbench, prototyping and production projects. And it is a flexible platform to support your growing digital fabrication interests and needs.

 

Who’s using the ShopBot Desktop?

Designer Jon Cantin sells his plans for model toys to customers all around the globe. He says, “The ShopBot Desktop enables rapid prototyping, which has been great. I dream it, then I make it. It’s very satisfying. Also, since many of my customers own both lasers and CNC, I wanted to be able to translate my laser designs for cutting on a ShopBot or other CNC. And I love that the Desktop takes up such little space.” Read the full story.

Sue and Ross Piper started Rainbow Ridge after both working in the construction industry. The company designs and makes top-quality garden railroads. Their ShopBot Buddy, and their recently purchased ShopBot Desktop, have allowed their business to grow exponentially. Sue says, “The Desktop lets us do intricate design quickly, and keep up with growing demand for our kits. We LOVE our ShopBots.” Read the full story.

Specifications

Choose from two base platforms:

the Desktop Package with Router [Porter Cable 2 1/4hp Router] or the Desktop Package with Industrial Spindle [HSD 1hp spindle]

  • XYZ Movement: 24" x 18" x 5.5" (.61m x .46m x .14m)
  • Cutting Volume: 24” x 18” x 3.5” (.61m x .46m x .089m) [e.g. with 2" long cutter]
  • Footprint with Router: 36in x 32in x 30in(h)
  • Footprint with Spindle: 39in x 32in x 30in(h) [Spindle VFD fits to right side of gantry]
  • Weight: 102 lbs [without router/spindle]
  • Frame: Welded aluminum, precision ground guide surfaces
  • Deck: Aluminum "T" slot extrusion [removable]
  • Linear Bearings: Fully supported precision linear guides and blocks on each axis [THK]
  • Drive System: Motors with integral, precision-coated lead screw with anti-backlash technology on each axis [Haydon Switch & Instrument]
  • Integral guard and dustskirt
  • Cut Speed: 4 inches per second (100mm/sec)
  • Jogging Speed: 6 inches per second (150mm/sec)
  • Resolution: 0.00025” (.00635mm)
  • Electrical System Requirements: 120V @ 15Amps [router or spindle]
  • Includes VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition CAD/CAM Design Software [created for ShopBot by Vectric]
  • Includes simple, quick-start set-up guide
[View computer requirements]
Model Nominal Cutting Area* Total Tool Movement Area*  Footprint** Price
(#10199)
 Desktop 24-18
 24" x 18" x 3.5"
.61m x .46m x .089m
24" x 18" x 5.5"
.61m x .46m x .14m
Router 36" x 32" x 30"
.91m x .81m x .76m
Spindle 39" x 32" x 30"
.99m x .81m x .76m
$4,995
*Nominal Cutting area and Total Movement Area refer to the areas that can be covered using a single z-axis.
**Spindle VFD fits to the right side of the gantry

Add WidgetWorks Unlimited Specialty Bits

  • The Plotter Pen Bit allows you to draw like a plotter. Draw signatures, logos or other images. Print large parts to scale before cutting expensive material.
  • The Drag Knife Bit enables you to cut adhesive-backed sign vinyl, paper, cardboard and thin plastics (up to 1/32”). Create vehicle graphics, professional-quality signs, banners, magnets or parts from thin plastics.
  • The Diamond Drag Engraving Bit allows you to engrave plastic, metal, glass and stone. Engrave signatures, logos or artwork. Create custom brass name tags for trophies/plaques or permanently engrave serial numbers and ID.
  • You can also add ShopBot’s 3D digitizing probe to make a copy of an object in 3D. Duplicate an existing 3D shape or a piece of decorative trim or molding. Very useful for luthiers, furniture makers and restoration work.

Other Desktop Capabilities

The Desktop Rotary Indexing Head is similar to a lathe in that it allows you to horizontally rotate a part being cut or machined, except that it allows fully indexed control of the rotation. This way, you can carve anything you want in the round (resolution = 0.03 degrees)

#15145
3"indexer - can turn up to 3"diameter  $950.00

 

When it comes to quality, the difference is in the details.

Like all of our tools, each ShopBot Desktop is built here in the U.S. in our Durham, North Carolina headquarters. We use the highest quality parts so that you can count on the tool to perform for you for years to come:

  • The ShopBot Desktop has a welded aluminum frame and steel rails, giving this tool the heft and rigidity to do real projects. Others may use plastic parts in their smaller tools — ShopBot does not. We don't cut corners!
  • The ShopBot Desktop uses the same control and software as our full size tools. It runs ShopBot software and ships with the ShopBot Design Software Suite so it’s fully compatible with other ShopBots and all of our ShopBot resources such as training, projects, and forums.
  • If you're new to digital fabrication, you'll find that the ShopBot Desktop has resources to help you. The Desktop's quick set-up, starter projects, and new ShopBotEASY interface will help you get to work on day one.
  • Customer support is available 7 days a week, including evenings, from our Durham headquarters. If you're just starting on the CNC learning curve or you've been "fabbing" for years, we have a knowledgeable, friendly support team that's ready to help.
    As one of our long-time ShopBotters has told us, "On a scale of 1 - 10, ShopBot gets a 30 for customer support."
American Woodworker

Don't just take our word for it.
American Woodworker
gives the ShopBot Desktop the thumbs up.

The past year has seen many entries into small footprint CNC. American Woodworker magazine, one of the leading experts in woodworking and emerging digital fabrication technology, tested the ShopBot Desktop's performance -- ranking it favorably against other tools.


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESKTOP PACKAGE PRICING

Desktop Package with Router

  • Desktop 24-18
    (#10199)  $4,995.00
    • - Includes 5.5" Z axis
      - Includes ShopBot Control System Software & ShopBot Design Software Suite
  • Porter Cable, Model 8904 2 ¼ HP 12A for ShopBot Desktop CNC
     (#12014) $358.95
  • Desktop Starter Bit Kit (ball nose,1/4 downcut, straight bits, upcut & downcut spiral bits – 7 Onsrud Cutters)
    (#13698) $195.00
  • Shipping Cost (US by YRC)
    $250.00

System Price = $5,798.95

OR

Desktop Package with Industrial Spindle

  • Desktop 24-18
    (#10199)  $4,995.00
    • - Includes 5.5" Z axis
      - Includes ShopBot Control System Software & ShopBot  Design Software Suite
  • HSD 1HP 110V Single-Phase Spindle for the Desktop
     (#12604) $1,595.00
  • Desktop Starter Bit Kit (ball nose,1/4 downcut, straight bits, upcut & downcut spiral bits – 7 Onsrud Cutters)
    (#13698) $195.00
  • Shipping Cost (US by YRC)
    $250.00

System Price = $7,035.00

Software

No computer degree is needed to run a ShopBot! Each ShopBot includes: VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition and PartWorks3D software. VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition allows you to design and create 2D and 2.5D parts, while PartWorks3D creates toolpaths from the 3D design software of your choice. Both programs simulate the cutting of parts so you can verify they will be created just as you intend. Also included: ShopBot control software that will have your tool cutting designed parts in no time.

We also offer software packages for use in signmaking, cabinet making and more. Aspire by Vectric is one of our most popular—great for designing and machining carved decorative panels and doors, custom millwork, moldings, signage, dimensional logos, jewelry, custom gifts and much more.

ShopBot Design Software Suite is compatible with many software programs, including: • AutoCAD • Autodesk 123D • Rhino 3D • Google Sketchup • ArtCAM • Vector Art 3D • Cabinet Vision • EnRoute • KCDw • MasterCAM • MillWizard • OneCNC • Shape 3D • Vector CAD CAM • Visualmill • CabinetParts Pro • DeskProto • eCabinet System

Learn more about software.

Your Business Network

100kGarages

Digital fabrication and online communication — together they are playing an important role in reshaping manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world. The distributed manufacturing model, which brings on-demand production and the end user closer together, is also growing fast. ShopBot Tools is a leader in supporting these developments. Our free online community, 100kGarages.com, can connect you with business opportunities around the country and the globe.

We also support tech communities such as the grassroots Camp ShopBots and Maker Faires that meet around the country, and we supply tools and support to educational FabLabs and Techshops.

Free Technical Support

Whether you’re new to digital fabrication or a veteran user of CNC technology, ShopBot is here to support your efforts. We provide free telephone technical support 7 days a week from our headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. We also have a vibrant online community at talkshopbot.com, sharing tips and advice with other users of digital fabrication technology.


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