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Winter 2013-2014

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ShopBot Training


I just finisehed two great days with the ShopBot team in Durham North Carolina.  TJ did a wonderful job of leading the class.  While I have had the opportunity to run the software tools for the past two weeks I really did feel like a rookie.  The Partsworks program that is supplied with the Shopbot Desktop is so powerful there is a lot to learn.  At the same time the interface is clean and well organized.  TJ had us creating projects the first day. 

At lunch they brought in Pizza for the class and the whole Shopbot team.  This gave us the chance to meet the people that are responsible for making the CNC machines.  What really grabbed me was the passion that everyone had for CNC.  Several of the employees have their own Shopbots at home.  The plant tour let us see this passion at work as they brpught each machine to life.

After the training I have the CNC fever more than ever.  I am looking forward to putting the Desktop through its paces.