• ShopBot’s Ted Hall Looks at the Future of Manufacturing

    by  • January 6, 2017 • 0 Comments

    ShopBot Tools founder & CEO Ted Hall has been keeping an eye on the role that digital fabrication is playing in the evolution of manufacturing. Through Ted’s Medium blog series, he touches on a range of topics, including how ShopBot has adapted not only to succeed, but to enable other businesses to grow and keep jobs from being...

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    Machining a Two-sided 3D Model Created in Solidworks

    by  • January 4, 2017 • 0 Comments

    A good friend recently sent me a Solidworks file, and asked about machining it on a ShopBot. I don’t have Solidworks on my computer, so I requested and received the model as a “.stl” file. The model could have just as easily been created in Inventor, Rhino or any other 3D rendering software/scanner. Since...

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    Needed! New Manufacturing Heroes

    by  • October 31, 2016 • 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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    Individual Customer Product Personalization and Fabrication-on-Demand

    by  • August 1, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Building on Ted’s post from last November on production and supply process for local digital manufacturing, Bill Young shared some of his insights on the role of customization in manufacturing and the “New Industrial Revolution” through his experience at the Autodesk Forge DevCon earlier this summer in San Francisco. Head on over to the ShopBot blog to...

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

    by  • November 25, 2015 • 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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    Furniture Makers are Thinking and Working Green

    by  • November 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Furniture maker and Furniture Society Board of Trustees President Steffi Dotson has published an article, “Green Furniture: As Assessment of Furniture Society Member Work” in the Journal of Green Building, which was recently reprinted on the Furniture Society’s website. Ms. Dotson reports on how members of the Society ply their trade in ways that...

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    Distributed manufacturing as waste management?

    by  • November 9, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Bill Young’s blog post on how to handle waste material from projects raises several interesting questions. Excerpt…”There are businesses that need large quantities of small parts that can be cut from sheet goods: wheels or gears for toys, spacers for packaging, acrylic covers for inspection electronics projects, etc. What if we could connect those businesses...

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    My love/hate relationship with plywood

    by  • October 22, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Wood in general is a “living” material and can change dimensions based on temperature, humidity, and manufacturing techniques. Plywood from a particular mill may vary between batches, and even the sheets within a bundle of plywood can vary from the top to the bottom and from day-to-day because of environmental changes. It can even vary...

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    Makelocal… Distributed local manufacturing at the NY Maker Faire

    by  • October 8, 2015 • 0 Comments

    100kGarages and Opendesk teamed up on a project we’re calling MakeLocal. An excerpt… “We strongly feel that the combination of digital design and local digital fabrication enables opportunities for production that can help return manufacturing to our communities. Since it’s always better to show people something than to just tell them, we decided to create a small scale...

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    100kGarager Profile: InHaus Fabrication of Eugene, Oregon

    by  • June 5, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Kristopher Schaefer started InHaus Fabrication, a digital fabrication shop, in May of 2014, and things have been buzzing ever since. InHaus provides prototype production, industrial design service, custom promotional material, and high end packaging. InHaus is furnished with a ShopBot CNC router, 3D printer, and a laser cutter. Kris also offers software training classes...

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