Durham, NC – Formerly known as Project: Tyro, ShopBot’s newest introduction to the automation industry - The ShopBot Desktop - is a small-format CNC machine with a work area of 18" x 24" x 4" and movement resolution of .00025 with very little backlash. The Desktop system includes ShopBot PartWorks software and is available with a router or spindle option. The ShopBot Desktop is an extremely capable machine for DIY applications, small, detailed engraving, complex 3D machining, as a work-cell-based tool for value-added extras for projects or an addition to a garage or basement workshop. Unlike other consumer-market CNC-based tools, the ShopBot Desktop uses proven ShopBot technology, includes free lifetime web-based technical support and is designed, manufactured and supported in the US in the same facility that produces every ShopBot CNC system.

The ShopBot Desktop has been a year in development and has been refined through several prototype stages with the help of input from ShopBot users, do-it-yourselfers and digital fabrication enthusiasts. As well as having impressive woodworking capabilities, the Desktop has engraving-level precision and the power and rigidity to machine parts from plastic, aluminum and other materials. The Desktop runs ShopBot software and ships with the PartWorks design software, so it’s fully compatible with other ShopBots and all ShopBot resources. More than just a starter CNC, the Desktop is a small format prototyping and production center.

The Desktop's minimal setup, starter projects, and new ShopBotEASY interface make it easy to get going started with CNC and digital fabrication for a variety of home applications, prototyping, engraving and specialty applications such as printed circuit board (PCB) production. Although easy to use and small in size, the Desktop makes no sacrifices in machining or production capabilities, nor does it limit the types of advanced software control or level of design software that can be utilized.

Desktop Specifications

XYZ Movement: 24" x 18" x 4" (610mm x 46mm x 18mm)
Cutting Volume: 24” x 18” x 2” (610mm x 46mm x 9mm)
Footprint with Router: 28” x 35” (711mm x 890mm)
Footprint with Spindle: 28” x 37.5” (711mm x 953mm) [Spindle VFD fits to left side of gantry]
Weight: 102 lbs [without router/spindle]

Frame: Welded aluminum, precision ground guide surfaces
Deck: Aluminum T-slot extrusion [removable]
Linear Bearings: Fully supported precision linear guides and blocks on each axis [THK]
Drive System: Motors with integral, precision-coated lead screw with anti-backlash technology on each axis [Haydon Kerk]
Integral guard and dustskirt

Cut Speed: 4 inches per second (100mm/sec)
Jogging Speed: 6 inches per second (150mm/sec)
Resolution: 0.00025” (.00635mm)

Electrical System Requirements: 120V @ 20Amps [router or spindle]
Includes PartWorks CAD/CAM Design Software [created for ShopBot by Vectric]
Includes simple, quick-start set-up and ready-to-cut samples

About ShopBot:
ShopBot Tools, based in Durham, N.C., designs and manufactures high-value CNC systems. With more than 6,000 ShopBots in 54 countries, ShopBot is one of North America’s largest producers of digital fabricators for the wood, plastics, sign making, prototyping, aerospace and DIY markets. ShopBot has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America and was selected as one of the top-25 North Carolina companies to watch by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. The company employs 25 people in the Durham area.

SOURCE: ShopBot

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