Durham, NC, June 16, 2016
ShopBot Tools, Inc., the Durham-based manufacturer of professional digital fabrication tools, has launched an expanded version of its groundbreaking portable CNC tool, the Handibot® Smart Power Tool. Sized to fit on a desktop and easily carried to any work site, the Handibot Smart Power Tool v2.0 Adventure Edition enables wood cutting, carving, and milling; it can also be used to cut MDF, plastics, foam, and aluminum with engraving-level precision and impressive power.
Jeanne Taylor, ShopBot’s Director of Marketing, explained what’s new: “The Adventure Edition gives you new freedom to travel and work anywhere: you can take the Handibot on the road and run it from any WiFi-enabled device such as a smartphone or tablet — even when no WiFi signal is available.” This freedom to roam and make anywhere is enabled by the debut in the Adventure Edition of the revolutionary control software, FabMo. FabMo allows you to use Handibot utility apps to make projects and run simple jobs — without requiring knowledge of CAD and CAM software. “this new edition of the Handibot is all about making the process of creating easier,” said Taylor.
The Handibot Smart Power Tool Adventure Edition is available for purchase at handibot.com. Lead developer Brian Owen noted, “There are cool accessories available for the Handibot as well. For example, you can do 3D carving with the Handibot Rotary Axis.” You can use the Laser Sight to align your tool for quick hole cutting, the Large Material Indexing Jig to cut larger materials, up to a 4’ x 8’ sheet; and cut paper and vinyl using a Drag Knife bit.
ShopBot’s CEO Ted Hall said, “We view the Handibot as the first of a new breed of power tools – power tools with smarts.” Conceived as an ‘open innovation’ platform, Handibot has been evolving with crowd-sourced ideas, developer-version testing, and accessory invention — all in a supportive ecosystem of collaborators and enthusiasts.
Founded in 1996, ShopBot Tools’ mission is to make the empowering technology of digital fabrication widely accessible and usable. ShopBot’s subtractive digital fabrication tools (also known as CNC routers), working across a range of sizes, deliver the power, precision, and reliability of digital tools traditionally costing thousands of dollars more.
With over 8000 tools at work around the world, ShopBot Tools, Inc., is one of the largest producers of digital fabrication equipment for small-to-mid sized manufacturing, DIY, and education markets. All ShopBots are designed and built in ShopBot’s Durham headquarters. CED has named ShopBot Tools one of the Top 25 Companies to Watch in North Carolina.