About 200 fans of ShopBot CNC machines converged on Durham, N.C., for the eighth annual ShopBot Jamboree April 23-24. Filled with demonstrations, presentations and lots of networking, the event attracted a wide range of “ShopBotters,” from owners of production shops to hobbyists and CNC wannabes.
ShopBot’s founder Ted Hall opened the event with an update on ShopBot news. New products such as the Tyco benchtop CNC router and large 5x8 machine with tool changer and indexer for turning were shown off during the course of the weekend.
A big draw for attendees in this economy were business presentations full of marketing and sales tips. Jillian Northrup and Jeffrey McGrew talked about the one-on-one marketing they do for their custom CNC work. “A good story told to the right people is really valuable,” says McGrew.
Sarah Evans of Appalachian Signs and Design explained the ins and outs of running a successful sign business with ShopBot CNC. Among other tips she described how she finds new customers by targeting businesses with old or inadequate signage.
On the technical side, a presentation by Thermwood’s eCabinet Systems went into some detail to explain the new ShopBot link for the free eCabinet Systems software. There were also presentations on the capabilities of Vector Art 3D and Vectric software.
Always the most popular part of a ShopBot Jamboree, the show and tell segment keep attendees in awe as they were treated to demos of successful ShopBot projects. This year the demos ranged from 3D carving projects to RTA furniture.
The event concluded with an open house at ShopBot’s headquarters where people could see some of the machines in action.
For more information about ShopBot, visit www.shopbottools.com.