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By Walter Dill with Monica Uhl – DillUhlsional, Friday, November 3, 2023

Our last ShopBot blog was about the paintings in our customized 1956 Airfloat LandYacht. This blog focuses on outlet covers which were inspired by four 1920's cast bronze light fixtures which we found at a wonderful antique light fixture parts and repair business hidden in Port Townsend, WA

By Ross Gruet, Tuesday, September 12, 2023

There are many ShopBot’s in NYC and one of the most eye-catching accounts we’ve kept up with on social media in recent months is OTTRA – A bespoke sculptural solid wood furniture company in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. While in Brooklyn for the Construct3D conference, I made a visit to their shop

By Ross Gruet, Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Acoustic Box LLC is the acoustic guitar and banjo repair and restoration shop of Richie Dotson. While there are many musical instrument repair and restoration shops around the country, there aren’t many left that specialize in vintage-to-modern banjo neck conversions

By Jeanne Taylor, Wednesday, June 7, 2023

This was my first trip to NextFab, a network of collaborative makerspaces for professional makers, in Philadelphia, PA. Bill Young and I popped over for the May 20th, 2023 Camp ShopBot

By ShopBot Tools, Monday, April 10, 2023

VUILD is ShopBot's official partner in Japan; during a recent Camp ShopBot, their engineering team showed off the work they've been doing to integrate an aggregate milling head into a ShopBot PRSalpha ATC. ShopBot has also been experimenting with this add-on and hopes to offer aggregate heads as a supported option on our CNC machines in the near future

By Ross Gruet, Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Bob and Jen are a creative power couple. They didn’t claim this status in our interview, that’s just how we feel about them after hearing about all the amazing creations they have put out into the world

By Ross Gruet, Friday, November 4, 2022

It’s time to go back to camp! Camp ShopBot events used to occur several times a year throughout the country, but this is the first one since 2019. We had intended to ramp them back up in 2020, but things being what they are, we couldn’t get them going until now

By Ross Gruet, Monday, August 29, 2022

To the untrained eye, the Honda Element is just a funky SUV. Its production run was from 2003 to 2011 and the big draw for this vehicle is the insane amount of cargo capacity! The back seats fold up against the inner sides of the car, providing 25

By Ross Gruet, Thursday, August 11, 2022

On a bright sunny day in early May, I found myself driving to the town of Fairview, just south of Asheville, North Carolina to visit Pisgah Banjos. Once off the main road, a series of winding roads led to rolling hills of farmland and the home of Patrick Sawyer, founder of Pisgah Banjos

By Sallye Coyle, Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Bobby Hartley with Brand 9 Signs in Jacksonville, Florida knew that the addition of CNC to his shop would change the nature of his business. When he purchased a ShopBot, he went all out: 5’ x 10’ cutting area, Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) with nine tool holders, dust collection, and a vacuum hold-down system that could be portioned into seven different zones

By Sallye Coyle, Monday, June 6, 2022

Now that the basic techniques for cutting risers with the ShopBot were in place, it was necessary to turn the CNC into the primary production tool. Due to Covid-induced supply chain problems, the bandsaws had been out of blades for weeks, and it was estimated that it would be at least another 6 weeks before any arrived

By Sallye Coyle, Tuesday, May 24, 2022

One of the advantages of ShopBot’s semi-modular system is that a user can customize the ShopBot to fit their application. Cerro Pacific lumberyard created a custom hold-down technique and way to remove waste from the cutting table that fits their production use of manufacturing risers out of redwood blanks

By Ross Gruet, Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A motorcycle with carved foam body panels caught my eye when searching for a ShopBot user to feature. Before reading the description of this photo on Instagram, I could tell this was some sort of mock-up

By Sallye Coyle, Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Drive onto the lumberyard of Cerro Pacific in Redwood Valley, CA, and you will see stacks and stacks of redwood boards. A whiteboard in plant manager Roberto Carillo’s office is filled with notes for various orders for 2x4s, 2x6s, etc

By Ross Gruet, Monday, February 28, 2022

When I check ShopBot’s social media channels to find tagged posts full of amazing woodwork, aluminum milling, acrylic and plastic products, foam prototypes, cabinetry, and structures of all sizes, it’s always nice to come across a unique art application. CNC lends itself beautifully to the art world

By Ross Gruet, Tuesday, January 25, 2022

One never knows when a good idea will come to mind. Take Troy Turbeville as an example

By Ross Gruet, Wednesday, January 19, 2022

ShopBot CNC tools are in educational facilities all over the world, everywhere from Fab Labs to woodshops, to theater programs and engineering departments. We recently came across a conversation on the CNC Entrepreneurs Facebook group where one Bryan Seward, Head of Wood, Design, and Technology at SUN Area Technical Institute, was singing our praises

By Ross Gruet, Friday, December 3, 2021

Not all topographical maps are created equal. Color palette and geographical location have a lot to do with how eye-catching a map will turn out

By Ross Gruet, Friday, October 15, 2021

Skateboard design has come a long way. Surfers in the 50’s used to dismantle roller skates and bolt the wheels and axles to simple wood planks that may or may not have been cut in the shape of a surfboard for the ability to “surf the streets”

By Walter Dill with Monica Uhl – DillUhlsional, Monday, August 9, 2021

We have been customizing this 1956 Airfloat Land Yacht (which we’ve named “Talulah”) for the past eight years and the 1999 F450 diesel box truck/mobile shop (which we’ve named “Clyde”) for nearly four. Many photos of this project (before, during, and completed) can be seen on our website

By Ross Gruet, Friday, July 30, 2021

View video of Bill Young’s interview with Will Holman HERE.ShopBot’s Bill Young talks with Will Holman of Open Works Baltimore about the history and current state of the Baltimore-based makerspace

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