A new kind of power tool.

The Handibot® Smart Power Tool Developer Edition is a new kind of portable, digitally-controlled power tool for cutting, drilling, carving, and many other machining operations– a first Universal Digital Power Tool (UDPT) – or just, a Smart Tool. If you're familiar with industrial CNC (computer numerically controlled) equipment, think of the Handibot tool as a portable version of CNC. But instead of taking material to a stationary machine, you bring the Handibot to your material -- your jobsite, your remodeling task, your project, your work.

Get to work!

Using the powerful CAD/CAM software suite that we include with this Developer Edition Handibot tool, you can get to work now on a table, the floor, the ceiling, the wall, wherever you need to precisely cut, drill, or carve. Well-suited for a broad spectrum of jobs from engraving circuit boards to cutting dimensional lumber and other construction materials, the Handibot can become your do-everything tool when working with non-ferrous metals, woods, plastics, and more.

 

Cutting elegantly curved "tails" on the ends of roof rafters.

Where we’re headed: Handibot is a community-supported, open source development platform.

While the Developer Edition Handibot is ready to serve you today as a small CNC tool, our goal is that Handibots will become a second kind of Smart Tool, one driven by job- and task-specific “apps” that will run from portable devices such as phones and tablets.

We’re gathering ideas for app development right now, at our Apps HQ. Here you can see the ideas that others have submitted, rate the ideas, and put up your own ideas. The app ideas that are most popular will be among the first to be developed into apps for the Handibot!

We see not only Handibot applications evolving, but the tool and its accessories as well. Handibot is an innovation platform for the future of Smart Tools.

We are sharing design files and other development resources with the Handibot community and encourage contributors to use these resources to rip, remix, burn and share their version of Handibot and accessories. Use Handibot as a starting point or use it just how it is, fully assembled and ready for work.

More about the Handibot Smart Power Tool Developer Edition:

We've included user-friendly CAD/CAM software for your PC or tablet running Windows. This software allows you to go from idea to tangible object with relative ease. We are currently developing a suite of job-specific, task-specific apps to make the Handibot even easier to use on multiple platforms and devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Each Handibot® Smart Power Tool Developer Edition includes the ShopBot Design Software Suite: VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition and PartWorks3D software. VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition allows you to design and create 2D and 2.5D parts, while PartWorks3D creates toolpaths from the 3D design software of your choice. Both programs simulate the cutting of parts so you can verify they will be created just as you intend. Also included: ShopBot control software that will have your tool cutting designed parts in no time.

ShopBot Design Software Suite is compatible with many software programs, including: • AutoCAD • Autodesk 123D • Rhino 3D • Google Sketchup • ArtCAM • Vector Art 3D • Cabinet Vision • EnRoute • KCDw • MasterCAM • MillWizard • OneCNC • Shape 3D • Vector CAD CAM • Visualmill • CabinetParts Pro • DeskProto • eCabinet System

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