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ShopBot Jamboree draws big crowd

The eighth annual ShopBot Jamboree returned April 22-24 to Durham, N.C., with a focus on starting, running and growing a successful business using CNC or digital fabrication.

Approximately 200 fabricators, manufacturers, sign makers, cabinetmakers, and entrepreneurs from a variety of disciplines joined speakers, vendors and ShopBot staff for three days of training, application demonstrations, show-and-tell, presentations and networking with fellow ShopBot enthusiasts.

Highlights included:

  • James Booth of Vector Art 3D demonstrating how easy it can be to enhance the beauty of woodworking projects with value-added, ready-made 3-D designs.
  • Brian Moran and Tony McKenzie of Birmingham, England's Vectric software, which recently won the United Kingdom's Queen's Award for Enterprise, demonstrated their design software.
  • Thermwood's Dennis Englert discussed the collaboration between Thermwood and ShopBot that allows the eCabinet Systems software package to be run on a ShopBot CNC.
  • ShopBot's new small-format digital fabrication system, Tyro, was officially launched.
  • Sarah Evans of Boone, North Carolina's Appalachian Signs & Design gave a humorous presentation on her experiences of starting her own sign business, offered some nuts-and-bolts advice on how she prices and delivers her services, and even explained some of her materials and processes.

  • Ponoko founder David Ten Have discussed distributed manufacturing and how the ShopBot/Ponoko project 100kGarages is helping fabricators take part in the next wave of industry.

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