ShopBot Tools, based in Durham, NC, has become a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of high-quality, affordable Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) shop automation solutions.
Since its inception in 1996, ShopBot has sold over 4,000 CNC cutting systems to individuals, small shops and large corporations in 54 countries. ShopBot CNC machines are being used everyday to manufacture cabinets, furniture, boats, musical instruments, signs, surfboards, motorcycle and automobile parts, toys and decorative art pieces. Even components for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet are produced by Boeing on a ShopBot.
Anyone desiring high-performance shop automation can benefit from owning a ShopBot. By utilizing ShopBot’s CNC technology, small and medium-sized shops are automating their manufacturing processes to reduce costs and production time and increase productivity and output, allowing them to compete with much larger shops. Large manufacturing facilities rely on Shopbot’s power and high-speed capabilities to perform large-scale cutting and milling tasks. High schools and colleges are using ShopBots to teach students the latest advances in manufacturing and engineering technology. Even hobby craftsmen, artists and do-it-yourselfers are discovering the advantages of the power and simplicity of precise, automated cutting on a ShopBot.
ShopBot offers systems for almost any application and budget. From the weekend woodworker to the local university to the multi-employee cabinet shop, anyone interested in a high-quality, low-cost CNC machine can choose from an existing ShopBot configuration or have a system custom-built to their specifications. There are two basic ShopBot Personal Robotic Systems (PRS), The PRSalpha and the PRSstandard. Custom options and upgrades can be built around either system.
PRSalpha CNC System:
With rapid transit speed of 1,500 inches per minute and cutting speed of up to 600 inches per minute (depending on cutting bit and material), ShopBot’s PRSalpha boasts high performance and affordability. The PRSalpha features:
• Fast closed-loop AlphaStep Vexta motors - fitted with low-backlash, tapered-hob gear heads - on all three axes (two on the X axis) that monitor the motor shaft to detect and correct any loss of synchronicity between signal and motion
• Bishop-Wisecarver® precision bearings and hardened steel rails on each axis providing smooth cutting motion and extended durability
• Rack-and-pinion power transmission on each axis
• Industrial control box
• Included Z-zero Plate & XY Proximity Switches
• Dust skirt ready to connect to your dust collector
PRSstandard CNC System:
The PRSstandard ShopBot CNCs provide a special opportunity for those who are ready to get started with CNC productivity - at a low cost - with the system that is setting the standard in affordable CNC. The PRSstandard features:
• Low-backlash gearhead stepper motors on all axes
• Geckodrive™ microstepping drivers on all axes
• Bishop-Wisecarver® precision bearings and hardened steel rails on each axis
• Rack-and-pinion power transmission
• Included Z-zero plate and XY proximity switches
• Dust skirt ready to connect to your dust collector
• Can be upgraded to a PRSalpha
ShopBot Accessories and Custom Upgrades
ShopBots can be customized for almost any application. Customers can choose the features they want on their new systems, and shop owners who have previously purchased ShopBots can upgrade their machines for increased speed and resolution.
• Four-axis: ShopBot's Rotary Indexer allows machining of parts in the round. The indexer functions as a smart lathe, making rotary motion of the part the fourth axis of control. Objects can be profiled on the Indexer as on a traditional lathe and can also be free-form turned.
• Five-axis: A five-axis head provides an extra two axes of motion to any of our three-axis PRSalpha systems, allowing cutting and drilling to be done from any angle.
• Digitizing Probe: ShopBot’s 3D Digitizing Probe can be attached in place of the router and is used with the “Copy Machine” tool to scan and replicate objects in 2D or 3D
• Router/High-Frequency Spindle: Routers provide an affordable CNC tool while spindles are longer-lasting and provide more power for continuous commercial production. ShopBot recommends and sells Porter Cable routers and Colombo and HSD spindles
• Tables/Bases: ShopBot’s new model designation of “System” indicates that the machines are now sold as total CNC automation solutions, including tool, table and software. PRSalpha and PRSstandard systems are available with table sizes from 48”x48” to 216”x72.” The Alpha and Standard systems are also available as 32x24 Benchtop models, with the cutting surface acting as the Y-axis. Custom table sizes are available by request, and ShopBots can be configured to handle many specialized manufacturing and construction applications.
• Universal Vacuum Systems: Vacuum hold-down systems are available from ShopBot in 7.5, 15 and 16.9hp models
ShopBot CNC systems include tool, table and software and can be shipped fully assembled and paletted or as easy-to-assemble modules for quick set up. ShopBot also offers in-shop assembly and training by qualified ShopBot technicians. All ShopBot systems include Part Wizard and MillWizard CAD/CAM software for easy 2D and 3D part design and a Windows-based, full-feature control software for advanced CNC productivity. ShopBots are compatible with most other CAD/CAM design software packages. ShopBot provides a two-year warranty on PRSstandard and PRSalpha CNC systems. ShopBot Tools offers free customer support, including nights and weekends (by email and voicemail), in three languages – English, Spanish and Russian. The company’s website also features a customer forum where hundreds of ShopBot owners offer tips and support and share production ideas.
About ShopBot Tools, Inc.
ShopBot Tools, based in Durham, N.C. (shopbottools.com), designs and manufactures low-cost, high-value Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) cutting systems. ShopBot was founded by CEO Ted Hall, Ph.D., a Duke University professor of neuroscience, who developed the tool while building plywood boats as a hobby. After several years of development, the company began shipping tools in 1996. With 4,000 ShopBots in 54 countries, ShopBot is one of the largest producers of CNC systems for woodworking and plastics in North America. The company employs 25 people in the Durham, N.C. area.