ShopBot Computer Requirements

You will need a PC that is running Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (Home Premium / Business, or higher). We recommend the equivalent of a dual core or higher, Pentium processor, and a minimum of 2GB RAM (4GB preferred).

A graphics display of 1024 x 768 will provide a good display for the shop. If you use a separate design computer, a higher resolution may be preferable for your design work.

ShopBot requires one USB port for connection to the tool, and a second USB port for the spindle speed controller that comes on Buddies and Full Size tools with HF spindles (optional). Keep in mind that you may also need USB ports for mouse, keyboard, or other USB peripherals. A USB port to transfer Part Files to the computer is also helpful.

Adobe Reader is required for displaying “Help” in the ShopBot and design software. The current version of the Reader is available on the ShopBot Installation CD or from the web (free).


Each new ShopBot tool comes bundled with two powerful software programs to create CNC projects.

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