9 Responses to “ShopBot”

  1. Eric Lundberg says:  You can get plans, kits, or fully built CNC machines.  I think their largest is comparable to shopbots smallest (about 24″ x 14″ maybe vs 24″ x 18″) and is about $1000 bucks built (way less if you diy) vs $5k.

  2. awjt says:

    BuildYourCNC has kits for around $2000

  3. Gray Rinehart says:

    ShopBot is a great outfit. They were one of the Silver Sponsors of our “Manufacturing Makes It Real” tour in 2010 (we visited a lot of North Carolina manufacturers and even got a write-up in Guy Kawasaki’s book Enchantment).

    Great to see ShopBot get some recognition!

    Gray Rinehart

  4. TooGoodToCheck says:

    I don’t actually have any specific use for this, so why do I want it so very badly?

    • usonia says:

       You will find a specific use. I convinced my boss to spring for a full-on 48″x96″ model (in lieu of yet another laser engraver), and I can’t stop playing with the damned thing.

  5. JadBean says:

    I used the ShopBot at Tech Shop RDU (Raleigh, NC) to build a TARDIS for my cats:

  6. Mark Dow says:

    Zalewski’s “Guerrilla guide to CNC machining, moldmaking, and resin casting: Benchtop CNC manufacturing tutorial for robot builders, model makers, and other hobbyists” explores many practical considerations, highly recommended:

  7. lenore says:

    The capabilities of this type of machine are incredible and it is fantastic that they are becoming widely accessible. As has been pointed out above, there are many other brands of low-cost CNC routers on the market, as well as plans for DIY versions.

  8. Al Billings says:

    I don’t know if I’d call a shopbot “low cost.” They are wonderful machines but not cheap. Two of the members of my hackerspace, Ace Monster Toys, have them for production work for their businesses and get great results. AMT wound up getting a donation deal for $1,000 on a 1993 table sized CNC that does 80% to 90% of what a shopbot does and are very happy now.

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