We Are ShopBot
We make the tools for making the future.
ShopBot Tools designs, builds and distributes its tools from its headquarters in Durham, North Carolina.
Founded in 1996 in Durham, North Carolina, ShopBot Tools, Inc., designs, manufactures and distributes CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) routers for milling, drilling, and cutting of wood, plastic, metals and other materials -- powerfully, precisely, and affordably.
Now celebrating our 23rd year of technology innovation, ShopBot’s digital fabrication tools are carving out the future of manufacturing, production, prototyping, grassroots "making," and education. Today almost 10,000 ShopBots are at work in small shops and larger production facilities across the U.S. and around the world. They are used in a range of production operations from plastic trimming, to aluminum drilling to signmaking, cabinetmaking and all types of woodworking, as well as to producing stealth fighters and manufacturing hi-tech housing.
ShopBot founder Ted Hall created the company to make the power and precision of digital technology available to and affordable for individual "makers" and small to midsize manufacturers. Rather than having to invest $100K or more to use CNC technology, a ShopBot enables the use of digital fabrication with an investment of as little as $5000.
ShopBot is the leading innovator in affordable digital fabrication:
At ShopBot, we want to help ensure the future of American innovation and manufacturing productivity. ShopBot's tools are increasingly used in lean manufacturing processes, in community-based makerspace and TechShop workshops, and in educational institutions eager to provide students with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills that are marketable and needed in today’s work world.
ShopBot Tools began in the workshop/barn of Ted Hall more than 18 years ago. A professor of neuroscience at Duke University, In Ted’s spare time, he wanted to build plywood boats and he was becoming frustrated by the amount of time it was taking to cut the panels for curved hulls with hand power tools.
He thought one of the computerized cutting tool called a CNC router would be helpful, but didn’t have the $50,000 that even a used, entry-level machine would cost. He also didn't see why an engineering staff was required to create designs, or a technical staff to run the tool. So he started thinking about a practical way to make one of the tools less expensive more accessible - after all, they seemed to be just large plotters that moved a cutter instead of a pen.
Ted"s first model worked surprisingly well… and working out the details of the tool while growing excited over the possibilities of affordable CNC led him to begin spending more time designing tools than building boats.
Ted continues to lead the company from its headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, spearheading ShopBot"s ongoing innovation in software and hardware design.
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ShopBot Tools, Inc.
3333-B Industrial Drive
Durham, NC 27704
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