The ShopBot has arrived, and it’s been exhilarating getting up to speed on how to use it. I plan to use it to refine a prototype of a retail display for eyewear, then hopefully go into production.

The computer-controlled router head will cut along shapes I created in Adobe Illustrator. I think of it as a pattern for a sculpture; it starts cutting flat material then assembles into a three-dimensional form.

In my first week, I was able to get the ShopBot set up and cut my first project utilizing a pocket and profile tool path. This tool is so powerful, my head is spinning from all the possibilities.