The ShopBot is a low-cost CNC, or computer controlled router. Think of it as a large-scale milling machine. It is great for small-scale production runs of machine parts in wood or metal. A friend of mine used his ShopBot to cut the gears and mechanism (other than the chime) for a full-scale replica of a grandfather's Clock. ShopBots (and their kin) can also fabricate extremely detailed 3D contour maps (whole cities!), and other intricate 3D surfaces.
The people behind the ShopBot CNC routers have opened up their OpenSBP language so that other CNC manufacturers can use it. Jeffrey McGrew explains why this is good:Why this is huge is that there isn't a standard in this world. The ... Read Post
[Matt] is the proud owner of a JGRO-based CNC router and he’s been working on a way to control it without a computer. What he came up with is a way to drive the CNC machine using this Android tablet. A big part of the hack is the CN... Read Post