ShopBot Tools began in the workshop/barn of Ted Hall more than 12 years ago. Ted's hobby is building plywood boats, and he was becoming frustrated by the amount of time it was taking to cut the panels for curved hulls with hand power tools. He thought a computerized cutting tool called a CNC (computer numerically controlled) router would be helpful, but didn't have the $40,000 that even a used, entry-level machine would cost. So he started thinking about a practical way to make one of the tools less expensively - after all, they seemed to be just large plotters that moved a cutter instead of a pen. Ted's first model worked surprisingly well ... and working out the details of the tool while growing excited over the possibilities of affordable CNC led him to begin spending more time tool designing than boat building.
Since that time, affordable ShopBots have become one of the largest selling CNC routers. Almost 6,000 are productively working away in small shops and larger production facilities across the United States and around the world. They are used for all sorts of woodworking and cabinetmaking, and are involved in a range of production operations from producing stealth fighters to manufacturing hi-tech housing.
The horses are back in the barn and ShopBot now occupies a building just north of Durham, North Carolina where ShopBots are developed and manufactured.