• Getting Started With a New Material

    by  • November 18, 2015 • 0 Comments

    I feel like the issue of getting started with a new material comes up a lot, so I thought it might be useful to share some of my experiences. Recently, I was handed the files for the Styrofoam packaging that we use for some of the Handibot accessories and asked to get them to cut...

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    Manual +2 Axis Accessory

    by  • October 30, 2015 • 2 Comments

    Despite the growth of CNC tools in hobbyist and educational environments, tools capable of 4 and 5 axis machining have lagged behind, mostly due to their additional cost and learning curve. The idea for an accessory that would allow users to manually rotate and position parts in 4 and 5 axis has been in...

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    Doing Art with Handibot

    by  • August 26, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Five years ago, I tried to take some time off from ShopBot and use the time to indulge in several of my favorite pursuits: boating, painting, and digital-fabbing. I was hoping to combine drawings and photographs of water scenes done from my kayak into a type of art I think of as “bas-relief, painted carving.” I...

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    Development Report / July 2015

    by  • July 22, 2015 • 1 Comment

    Summertime at ShopBot; something about this time of year makes you want to get away from the desk and the office and get out into the shop to build something new. In the afternoons the loading dock door will be left open and the cool air pushed in by late thunderstorms rolls through the...

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    Development Team Report / June 2015

    by  • July 5, 2015 • 7 Comments

    In our first development team report, we laid out our projected timing for our major initiatives. After 6 months, we have hit some of our targets and others have slid a bit. Below you will find a revised timeline — much of which is organized around the September release date for Handibot 2.0 and...

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    Get into 3D carving with the Handibot Rotary Axis

    by  • June 8, 2015 • 0 Comments

    The rotary axis allows you to machine your material in the round to create detailed carvings from your 3D models. It functions similar to a lathe in that it rotates a part that is being carved to allow the tool to machine all sides of the material. However, rather than spinning the material at a...

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    Development Team Report / May 2015

    by  • May 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Bay Area Maker Faire 2015 – The 15th annual Bay Area Maker Faire was held in San Mateo earlier this month and a good portion of the Handibot team traded the sweltering humidity of early summer Durham for the relative freezing cold of the Bay Area for a few days in order to show off...

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