• About Ted Hall

    Ted Hall is the founder and CEO of ShopBot Tools, Inc.

    http://www.shopbottools.com

    Needed! New Manufacturing Heroes

    by  • October 31, 2016 • community shops, distributed manufacturing, The New Industrial Revolution • 0 Comments

    As a small manufacturer in Durham, NC, I’ve seen the stagnation of manufacturing and the job crisis up close. Jobs matter here and elsewhere. Yet, as anyone who has walked the downtown streets of rust-belt towns knows, returning manufacturing to our communities has an important value beyond that of creating jobs. We’ve learned from...

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    Fusion360: New Resources for 100kGarages Fabbers-Designers-Customers; Collaboration Ready!

    by  • November 25, 2015 • collaboration, distributed manufacturing, Maker Movement, Maker Pro, Resources, The Digital Fab Revolution, The New Industrial Revolution • 0 Comments

    Digital fabrication – from modeling to making – is now enabling and powering manufacturing in small, enterprising businesses everywhere. It’s about the digital technology that lets small producers make complex, quality parts with reasonable pricing and really responsive agility. It’s about local manufacturing, local making, and local producing becoming competitive again. It’s what 100kGarages is...

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    On Digital Fab and the Next Industrial Revolution

    by  • February 10, 2015 • collaboration, community shops, Design, distributed manufacturing, Handibot Power Tool, Maker Pro, The Digital Fab Revolution, The New Industrial Revolution • 0 Comments

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    During the last several years I have written a number of times about digital fabrication being the catalyst for the “next industrial revolution”. As our own best example, we see our “open” design, development, and production plans for the Handibot Smart Tool as a good example of how the potential of digital fab might...

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    Distributed Digital Fabrication of Handibot Smart Tools Using the 100kGarage Network

    by  • July 9, 2013 • collaboration, community shops, distributed manufacturing, Handibot Power Tool, Maker Movement, maker spaces, The Digital Fab Revolution, The New Industrial Revolution • 4 Comments

    We recently launched our Kickstarter campaign (www.Handibot.com/fund) for the development of ShopBot’s new Handibot Smart Tool. We seem to be off to a good start in the campaign, but we have a number of goals for the campaign beyond just selling Handibots. The two most important to us are:  1) getting the understanding and...

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    The Opportunity and the Challenge … for Distributed Manufacturing

    by  • June 22, 2013 • collaboration, distributed manufacturing, The Digital Fab Revolution • 0 Comments

    Right now, our friends Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher (AtFAB), are undertaking a Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filson-rohrbacher/furniture-fabbed-locally) that will grow and promote small-shop digital fabrication. Anne and Gary are longtime users and promoters of 100kGarages. More importantly, they are evangelists for distributed manufacturing – for using power of digital fabrication to get production back into...

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    MAKE’s Hardware Innovation Conference and the Maker Movement

    by  • January 29, 2013 • collaboration, distributed manufacturing, Maker Movement, The Digital Fab Revolution

    “ as significant as the shift from agriculture to the early industrial era.” Jeremy Rikin, Wharton economist. Bloomberg Business Week, 2/16/12  “Artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital manufacturing . . . these technologies will make manufacturing more creative, less expensive, more local and more personal.” Washington Post, 1/10/12  Last Spring, Bill Young...

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    Chris Anderson’s MAKERS: The New Industrial Revolution, reviewed by Ted Hall

    by  • January 23, 2013 • community shops, distributed manufacturing, The Digital Fab Revolution • 0 Comments

    If you haven’t had a chance to pick up Chris Anderson’s recently released new book, MAKERS: The New Industrial Revolution (Crown Business, New York, 2012), I think you’ll enjoy the read. Anderson has just ended a stint as editor of Wired Magazine and has been a close observer of the leading edges of technology...

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    Your Quick Guide to 100kGarages Resources

    by  • December 9, 2012 • Resources • 0 Comments

    100kGarages Fabbers Map

    The Fabbers Map is a way to find Fabbers and Designers nearby, or those anywhere who have the expertise or equipment you need. We’re continually working on the search system to make it easier for you to find the right “Garage.”  To help understand a Garage’s capabilities, we’ve recently improved the Fabbers and Designers...

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    Anne and Gary, 100kGarages Spotlight Designers, Featured in Recent “Economist” and “Network for Sustainable Business”

    by  • November 19, 2012 • Featured 100k Users, The Digital Fab Revolution • 0 Comments

    Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher, the principles of the Design Firm AtFab and the creators of the innovative furnishings for digital fabrication that we have featured on the 100kGarages.com home page, are being noticed. Their appreciation of digital design and fabrication as well as distributed manufacturing is increasingly regarded as a model of future...

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