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ShopBot Buddy ®

If you’re looking for a compact CNC solution that delivers affordable, full-production performance for digital fabrication, ShopBot’s Buddy tool is the right tool for your needs. Buddys have a small footprint, and can be positioned easily into your production flow.

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Adaptable. Workhorse.

The ShopBot Buddy is designed for industrial, commercial, or residential applications cutting in wood, plastics, aluminum and other materials. The Buddy incorporates many of the same features as ShopBot’s full-size industrial systems, yet weighs less than 600 lbs. and occupies as little as 16 sq. ft. of floor space — and it comes with optional casters that allow you to move the tool easily for different applications in your shop. That makes them useful on the shop floor. They can be configured and reconfigured for specific production needs—Buddys are the agile production CNC solution.

Fully assembled and ready to work when rolled out of the shipping crate, the Buddy design makes use of a rigid, stationary gantry over a moving table. The gantry is a heavy custom extrusion, precisely machined for sturdy linear rails. The steel and solid aluminum Z-axis also rides on linear rails. The Buddy is available in 32” or 48” widths (actual cutting/machining widths are 32” and 49”) and have a front-back distance of 24”.

The front-back length can be optionally expanded to 48” with a longer PowerStick™ (actual cutting and machining distances are 26” and 50”, respectively for this axis). The PowerStick is our award-winning motion and drive substrate of the moving table; PowerStick technology allows quick swaps between multiple tables and fixturing systems.

For more depth of cutting, Buddys are available with extended-height clearance while 3D cutting. The Buddy 32 and 48 are available with extended-height tablesides and a 14” Z-axis. The 14” Z-axis makes the Buddy the perfect tool for mold making, carving, and prototyping. See the specification table for summaries of the work envelope for various Buddy configurations.

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Tough precision linear bearing on Y- and Z- axes with hardened steel rails and “V”-bearings for the moving-table, X-axis.
Ships with a standard, 24” work-area PowerStick for the moving table (this PowerStick itself is 48” in the front to back length as the overall standard deck length).
Reliable rack-and-pinion power transmission on each axis.
Sealed industrial control box.
Z-zero touch-off plate and XYZ proximity switches.
Dust skirt ready to connect to your dust collector.
ShopBot Control System software to run your CNC.
Bundled with powerful design software to create CNC projects.
Support Resources and Documentation.
Two-year warranty.
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Model Cut/Movement Area Footprint
BT32 Buddy 32" 25” x 33” x 8” 640mm x 840mm x 200mm 36” x 56” x 67” 990mm x 1422mm x 1701mm
BT48 Buddy 48" 25” x 49” x 8” 640mm x 1244mm x 200mm 36” x 76” x 67” 990mm x 1930mm x 1701mm
Nominal Cutting area and Total Movement Area refer to the areas that can be covered using a single z-axis.
Actual cutting width is decreased by 10” when using a second Z axis.
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Buddy Alpha

XY Move Speed
(with full cutting force)
Variable, max. 720”/min. 15.2m/min.
Z Move Speed
(with full cutting force)
Variable, max. 360”/min. 9.14m/min.
XY Positioning Speed Variable, max. 1800”/min. 45.7m/min.
Z Positioning Speed Variable, max. 900”/min. 22.86m/min.
Step Resolution 0.0004” 0.010mm
Linear Cutting Force  Approximately 150 lbs. 68 Kg
X and Y Axis Drive System Rack and Pinion
Z Axis Drive System Rack and Pinion
Input Voltage Input Voltage 220v single-phase, 230v 3-phase and 380/460V 3-phase power options are available, depending on tool and configuration.
The PRSalpha requires a fused disconnect installed by a licensed electrician. Spindle may require 3 phase.

Buddy Standard

XY Move Speed
(with full cutting force)
Variable, max. 360”/min. 9.1m/min.
Z Move Speed
(with full cutting force)
Variable, max. 120”/min. 3m/min.
XY Positioning Speed Variable, max. 480”/min. 12.1m/min.
Z Positioning Speed Variable, max. 480”/min. 12.1m/min.
Step Resolution 0.0006” 0.015mm
Linear Cutting Force  Approximately 50 lb 22 Kg at 60”/min. 1.52m/min
X and Y Axis Drive System Rack and Pinion
Z Axis Drive System Rack and Pinion
Input Voltage Input Voltage: 110v or 220v single-phase and 230v 3-phase power options are available, depending on tool and configuration.

While there are endless possibilities of what you can do with the ShopBot PRSalpha, here are a few examples of areas where people are putting their CNC tool to use:

Cabinet Making

With CNC, cabinetmakers can drill shelf pin holes, cut rabbets and dados, and profile-cut a completed panel. The operator only needs to handle the full sheet once to load the machine, and then remove the perfectly cut parts when complete.

Learn more about Cabinetmaking with CNC

Theaters and Museums

Realize your team’s aesthetic vision and go quickly from hand drawing to CAD design to full-size scenery panels. Complexity is easily incorporated when using CNC, so you can execute all kinds of ideas—including creating components in 3D.

Learn more about Stagecraft with CNC

Sign Making

Sign makers are using CNC for 3D carving, V-bit carving, profile contouring, fluting, and engraving. It also provides them with the opportunity to cut their own channel letter components, frames, posts, and borders in-house.

Learn more about Signmaking with CNC


High-volume furniture and millwork companies, as well as novice and master craftsmen, are embracing CNC technology. Craftsmen are quickly realizing that the CNC process doesn’t jeopardize their pieces' authenticity; it only adds to quality and uniqueness of the finished product.

Learn more about Furniture with CNC
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ShopBot Tools, Inc.

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ShopBot Tools, Inc.
3333-B Industrial Drive
Durham, NC 27704

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