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ShopBot  Desktop MAX

With engraving level precision, as well as the capability of machining in a wide variety of materials, the ShopBot MAX offers the power and accuracy of our ShopBot Desktop—in a larger format. Choose from two deck options: an aluminum tool deck or a Universal Vacuum hold down deck.

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The ShopBot Desktop MAX offers the same power and impressive precision of the ShopBot Desktop on a work bed twice the size, 36" x 24". The entire unit conveniently uses standard household 120v electrical power. The Desktop MAX is great for an endless variety of cutting, drilling, and carving operations on a variety of materials including: wood, MDF, plastics, foams, vinyl, and aluminum. It’s great for rapid prototyping, and taking your projects all the way to finished products.

Desktop MAX with Aluminum Deck

The Desktop with Aluminum Deck (general purpose deck) comes standard with an attached MDF spoil board and is considered our most versatile deck option for a wide variety of machining options. Because the Desktop MAX is completely open underneath and the aluminum deck can be partially or completely removed, you can add widely available dovetailing or end-milling attachments.

Desktop MAX with Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck

The Desktop with Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck kit includes a plywood plenum, MDF spoil board, and the ShopBot VacuubeTM for quick hold down of sheet goods. This deck option is not optimal for cutting small parts, but is well-suited for large parts without additional hold down from screws, nylon nails, or tabs. There is increased environmental noise due to the vacuum motor and hearing protection is highly recommended (82db).

See the Hold Down at a Glance chart for more information on hold down.

2 Deck Options: Aluminum “T” slot extrusion, with MDF spoil board [optional, removable] OR Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck with ShopBot Vacuube™ kit, with plywood plenum and MDF spoil board
Drive System: 4 motors with integral, Teflon-coated precision lead screw with anti-backlash technology on each axis (1X, 2Y, 1Z)
Impressive cutting speeds of up to 4 inches per second (depending on cutting bit and material) and rapid transit speeds of 6 inches per second.
Step resolution of .0004”.
Positional accuracy of +/- .002”.
Z-zero Touch-Off Plate and XY Proximity Switches.
ShopBot Control System software to run your CNC.
Dust Skirt ready to connect to your dust collector.
Each new ShopBot tool comes bundled with two powerful software programs to create CNC projects.
Shipped as four ready-to-assemble modules. On-site assembly and training available.
Free Tech Support and User Forum.
Two-year warranty.
Desktop can be ordered with a CE Package
Show dimensions in   Imperial   Metric  Units
Cut/Movement Area 36” x 24” x 3.5” 910mm x 610mm x 89mm
Footprint 38” x 25” x 5.5” 970mm x 640mm x 140mm
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.
Spindle VFD ts to the right side of the gantry
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XYZ Movement: 38” x 25 x 5.5” 965.2mm x 635mm x 139.7mm
Cutting Volume: 36” x 24” x 3.5” 914.4mm x 609.6mm x 88.9mm
e.g. with 2" long cutter
Footprint with Spindle: 48" x 39" x 30" 1219mm x 990mm x 762mm
[Spindle VFD fits to right side of gantry]
Weights: If crated, add 220 lbs.
127 lbs [no deck, no cutter]
194 lbs [total weight with aluminum deck and spindle]
234 lbs [total weight with universal hold down deck and spindle]
Crate dimensions: 44.5" x 55.75" x 37.5", weight: 220 lbs, loading dock, forklift or lift gate service is recommended
Frame: Machined aluminum members that are bolted together
Collets: Includes one 1/4" and one 1/2" desktop collet and collet nut (ER20)
Linear Bearings: Fully supported precision linear guides and blocks on each axis [THK]
Drive System: 4 Motors with integral, teflon-coated precision lead screw with anti-backlash technology on each axis (1X, 2Y, 1Z)
Safety: 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
Software: ShopBot Control System software to run your CNC
Each new ShopBot comes bundled with two powerful software programs to create CNC projects
Includes simple, quick start set-up guide

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

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 Woodworking with CNC


Whatever size manufacturing business you have, success today is about agility. ShopBot tools give you the ability to accommodate shifting priorities.

Learn more about manufacturing with CNC.


No educational setting is complete without a ShopBot. Our digital fabrication tools take STEM learning to the next level.

Learn more about CNC in education.

Desktop MAX Enclosures

The Desktop MAX Mini Enclosure allows you to keep hands safely out of your Desktop cutting area, and help keep chips and dust off your floor. Easily attaches to ShopBot Desktop t-slot deck with included hardware. The front panel is easily removed for easy access to the tool bed. Enclosure is made from Duraplex- Impact resistant acrylic. Color shown in product rendering is for display purposes only, actual product is clear.

Desktop Max Mini Enclosure (#18003) $195

The Desktop MAX Full Enclosure is made of steel and acrylic, reduces noise and dust for Desktops in high traffic, community work spaces. It keeps hands safely away from the cutting area. For additional safety, the spindle automatically turns off when the enclosure door is opened. Assembly required.

Desktop MAX Full Enclosure (#005405) $1895


Below are some of our most popular tool configurations. We have a wide range of accessories to customize your tool to meet your business needs. Contact your ShopBot specialist today at 1-888-680-4466. Request a Quote or Get in Touch for a general question or inquiry.

Still can't find the perfect tool? There are many other ShopBot tool configurations available. For custom quotes and questions with your pricing, contact our sales team. We’re happy to help.

Desktop MAX with Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck

36" x 24" x 6"

Aluminum Deck Kit
Desktop MAX Mini Enclosure
Desktop 7 Piece Bit Kit
Basic Training - 2 Days at ShopBot

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Desktop MAX with Aluminum Deck

36" x 24" x 6"

Desktop 7 Piece Bit Kit
Desktop MAX Mini Enclosure
3" Diameter Rotary Indexer, turning length of 21"
Basic Training - 2 Days at ShopBot

Modify Package


ShopBot offers accessories and add-ons for your tool. Here are a few of our most popular items.

Rotary Indexer

Rotary Indexer

Like a lathe, a rotary indexer provides a 4th rotary axis for turning a part, but it also provides precise “indexed” control over rotation.

Learn more about CNC Indexers
Desktop MAX Full Enclosure

Full Enclosure

Reduces noise and dust for Desktop MAX tools in high traffic, community work spaces. The full enclosure keeps hands safely away from the cutting area. Assembly required.

Learn more about the Full Enclosure
Desktop Starter Bit Kit

Desktop Starter Bit Kit

Includes a selection of 7 bits to get you well on your way to cutting various projects..

Learn more about the Starter Bit Kit
Edge Clamp Joinery Jig

Edge Clamp Joinery Jig

Create unique and impressive dovetails and add a creative touch to mortis and tenon joints. Use this jig for many varieties of end-milling on projects.

Learn more about the Edge Clamp Jig

ShopBot Tools, Inc.

Toll Free: 1-888-680-4466

Phone: 919-680-4800
Fax: 919-680-4900

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

Office Hours
Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm EST

After Hours Tech Support
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Saturday–Sunday: 8am–9pm EST

Office Closure
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