Founded in 1996, ShopBot's unique mission is to make the empowering technology of digital fabrication widely accessible and usable. ShopBot's subtractive digital fabrication tools, working across a range of sizes, deliver the power, precision and reliability of digital tools traditionally costing thousands of dollars more.
With almost 7000 tools at work around the world, ShopBot Tools, Inc., is one of the largest producers of digital fabrication equipment for small-to-midsized manufacturing, DIY, and education markets. All ShopBots are designed and built in ShopBot's Durham headquarters.
ShopBot supports the growing DIY/maker
movement with 100kGarages.com, a free resource that enables people with ideas
for custom products to connect with others using digital fabrication tools to
prototype and make them.
The company has also launched 100kSchools.org to provide teachers of all levels of students with the resources they need to succeed incorporating digital fabrication technology. Teachers can share projects and curricula, advice about incorporating digital fab into STEM subjects, and offer their help as digital fab "mentors" to other teachers.
In 2008, ShopBot was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America and was recently named one of the top-25 North Carolina companies to watch by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.