• Cake-bot

    by  • February 29, 2016 • 0 Comments

    On the eve of the release of a brand new version of the Handibot, I’d like to take some time to think about where we’ve been and where we’re going. Handibot’s Adventure Edition (as we’ve decided to call the version 2.0) has been a massive undertaking in tool design, production methodology, and software design....

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    Router Table – Handibot Style

    by  • February 11, 2016 • 2 Comments

    For a while now, I have been thinking about flipping a Handibot over and have the bit pointing up like a router table. Mostly we think about using the Handibot like a smart hand drill, where we move the tool around a stationary work piece. With this upside down Handibot, I was thinking of it...

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    Dust Collection

    by  • February 4, 2016 • 1 Comment

    I’ve spent a bit of time, in other blog posts, talking about various parts of the production setup we use to cut Handibot parts. One big piece of using CNC routers in production environments that I haven’t touched on is dust collection. CNC routers are dust making machines – if it’s not making dust and...

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    Hold Downs for Production

    by  • January 4, 2016 • 2 Comments

    I had a conversation with someone not too long ago about hold downs for production volume parts, and I thought it might be good to share a little bit about our experiences here at Handibot. For production hold downs, I’m looking for three things—something that is fast, reliable, and repeatable. These requirements immediately remove...

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    Flip Operation on a Handibot

    by  • December 18, 2015 • 2 Comments

    I was talking with my neighbor the other day, and he was in the process of making some wine glass holders. He told me that he had found that the holder needed to be about 10″ wide so that large glasses wouldn’t hit the bottle when put in place. I immediately started to think about...

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    Utilizing Scrap Material

    by  • December 9, 2015 • 0 Comments

    The other day I was looking for some scrap material to use for some stocking stuffers I wanted to make. While I was poking around, I noticed we had some junky old pallets piling up at our loading dock that I’ve been meaning to get rid of. The Handibot’s portability made it the perfect tool...

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    Toolpathing Tips for Production Parts

    by  • December 2, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Here at Handibot, we use ShopBot Desktop and Desktop MAX tools to cut many of our parts. We use VCarve Pro to generate all of our toolpaths. Here’s a tip or two for those using VCarve Pro for production work. First, let me explain our workflow. Normally, a part is designed in CAD and...

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    New Collaborative Design and Fab Resource: Fusion 360

    by  • November 28, 2015 • 1 Comment

    Handibots might not be a big enough tools to build a production shop around (or, maybe they are?), but you may find my recent blog on the 100kGarage website about a new cloud resource for collaborative design work of interest. Fusion 360, from Autodesk, provides some interesting new resources for getting from a digital...

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    Thanksgiving at Handibot

    by  • November 25, 2015 • 0 Comments

    It’s Thanksgiving season, and I thought it would be an appropriate time to reflect on the last couple months here at Handibot. As with most work places, there’s a lot of things that go on behind the scenes out of public view that never get acknowledged. This year, Handibot moved into a new facility....

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