The ShopBot Desktop

Built to perform like a big tool, built to be rugged, and built to last.

Our affordable, smaller-sized ShopBot Desktop is a digital fabrication powerhouse. In addition to impressive woodworking capabilities, the Desktop delivers engraving level precision and the power and rigidity to machine parts from wood, plastic, aluminum, and other materials. The Desktop can perform a wide range of workbench, prototyping and production projects. And it is an agile platform to support your growing digital fabrication interests and needs.

ShopBot Desktop
Make: Best Mid-size CNC

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To order your Desktop, call ShopBot toll free at 888-680-4466.

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Popular Packages for the ShopBot Desktop

The ShopBot Desktop with spindle is available in the online store, click the buy now button to configure yours. For question and/or to request a quote, send us an email or give us a call at 888-680-4466

ShopBot Desktop with Aluminum Deck
ShopBot Desktop with Aluminum Deck

The ShopBot Desktop with Aluminum Deck (general purpose deck) comes standard with an attached MDF spoil board and is considered our most versatile deck option for a wide variety of machining options.

Because the ShopBot Desktop is completely open underneath and the aluminum deck can be partially or completely removed, you can add widely available dovetailing or end-milling attachments. See the Hold Down at a Glance chart below for more information on hold down.

Spindle Option
Desktop 24x18 with HSD Spindle 1hp
 and Aluminum "T" slot extrusion deck
$6915
Desktop Full Enclosure (#005414)1495
Desktop Starter Bit Kit (#13698)195
Flat Rate Shipping Cost (US)450
Liftgate Service (if no loading dock or forklift)127
TOTAL$9182
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Router Option
Desktop 24x18 with Porter Cable Router 2.25hp
 and Aluminum "T" slot extrusion deck
$5655
Desktop Mini Enclosure (#18103)195
Desktop Starter Bit Kit (#13698)195
Flat Rate Shipping Cost (US)350
Liftgate Service (if no loading dock or forklift)127
TOTAL$6522
 
ShopBot Desktop with Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck
ShopBot Desktop with Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck

The ShopBot Desktop with Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck kit includes a plywood plenum, MDF spoil board, and the ShopBot Vacuube™ for quick hold down of sheet goods.

This deck option is not optimal for cutting small parts, but is well-suited for large parts without additional hold down from screws, nylon nails, or tabs. There is increased environmental noise due to the vacuum motor and hearing protection is highly recommended (82db). See the Hold Down at a Glance chart below for more information on hold down.

Spindle Option
Desktop 24x18 with HSD Spindle 1hp
 and Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck Kit
$7365
Desktop Full Enclosure (#005414)1495
Desktop Starter Bit Kit (#13698)195
Flat Rate Shipping Cost (US)450
Liftgate Service (if no loading dock or forklift)127
TOTAL$9632
Router Option
Desktop 24x18 with Porter Cable Router 2.25hp
 and Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck Kit
$6105
Desktop Mini Enclosure (#18103) 195
Desktop Starter Bit Kit (#13698)195
Flat Rate Shipping Cost (US)350
Liftgate Service (if no loading dock or forklift)127
TOTAL$6972

Desktop Accessories

When ordering a ShopBot Desktop Mini or Full Enclosure separately from a tool, we will need to know the age/version of your ShopBot Desktop Tool to provide you with the correct enclosure. Please call Sales (888-680-4466) for more information.

Desktop Mini Enclosure allows you to keep hands safely out of your Desktop cutting area, and help keep chips and dust off your floor. Easily attaches to ShopBot Desktop frame with included hardware. The front of the enclosure is easily removed and can be hung by the top lip from the lower edge of the tool for access to the tool bed. Enclosure is made from Duraplex- Impact resistant acrylic. Color shown in product rendering is for display purposes only, actual product is clear.

(#18103) Desktop Mini Enclosure; PRICE $195

Desktop Full Enclosure is made of steel and acrylic. It reduces noise and dust for Desktops in high traffic, community work spaces. The full enclosure keeps hands safely away from the cutting area. For additional safety, the spindle automatically turns off when the enclosure door is opened. Assembly required.

Dimensions:
Interior: x: 40.375", y: 30.875", z: 30.875"
Exterior: x: 40.5", y: 31", z: 31"

(#005414) Desktop Full Enclosure; PRICE $1495

The Desktop Starter Bit Kit includes a selection of 7 bits to get you well on your way to cutting various projects.

  1. 1/2" 90° V Bit (13732)
  2. 1/8" Upcut Ball Nose (13727)
  3. 1/4" Upcut Super "O" (13729)
  4. 1/16" Tapered Ball Nose (13731)
  5. 1/2" Two Flute Straight V Flute (13733)
  6. 1/8" Straight "O" Flute (13728)
  7. 1/4" Downcut (13507)

(#13698) Desktop Starter Bit Kit; PRICE $195


Desktop 3 inch rotary indexer

3" Indexer

Desktop 6 inch rotary indexer

6" Indexer

The Desktop Rotary Indexing Head is similar to a lathe in that it allows you to horizontally rotate a part being cut or machined, except that it allows fully indexed control of the rotation. This way, you can carve anything you want in the round (resolution = 0.03 degrees). The Rotary Indexer mounts easily to the aluminum deck. Contact our sales team for additional indexer configurations and mounting options to meet your needs.

3" Indexer
(#15145) 3" indexer with a maximum turning length of 21”  – can turn up to 3"diameter; PRICE $950.00

6" Indexer
(#005065) 6” Indexer with a maximum turning length of 36” – can turn up to 8” diameter *with removal of aluminum decking, PRICE $2,250.00

Specifications*

Choose from two base platforms:

the Desktop Package with Router [Porter Cable 2 1/4hp Router] or the Desktop Package with Industrial Spindle [HSD 1hp spindle]

  • XYZ Movement: 25.2" x 20" x 5.5" (640mm x 508mm x 139.7mm)
  • Cutting Volume: 24” x 18” x 3.5” (609.6mm x 457.2mm x 88.9mm) [e.g. with 2" long cutter]
  • Footprint with Router: 36" x 32" x 30"(h)
  • Footprint with Spindle: 39" x 32" x 30"(h) [Spindle VFD fits to right side of gantry]
  • Minimum surface area to support the ShopBot Desktop is 32"X x 30"Y
  • Weights:
    • If crated, add 178 lbs.
    • 103 lbs [no deck, no cutter]
    • 140 lbs [total weight with aluminum deck and router]
    • 148 lbs [total weight with aluminum deck and spindle]
    • 162 lbs [total weight with universal hold down deck and router]
    • 170 lbs [total weight with universal hold down deck and spindle]
  • Frame: Machined aluminum members that are bolted together
  • 2 Deck Options: Aluminum “T” slot extrusion, with MDF spoil board [optional, removable] OR Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck with ShopBot Vacuube™ kit, with plywood plenum and MDF spoil board
  • Includes one 1/4"  and one 1/2" desktop collet and collet nut (ER20)
  • Linear Bearings: Fully supported precision linear guides and blocks on each axis [THK]
  • Drive System: 4 Motors with integral, teflon-coated precision lead screw with anti-backlash technology on each axis (1X, 2Y, 1Z)
  • Integral guard and dustskirt
  • Cut Speed: 4 inches per second (100mm/sec)
  • Jogging Speed: 6 inches per second (150mm/sec)
  • Resolution: 0.00025” (.00635mm)
  • Electrical System Requirements: 120V @ 15Amps [router or spindle]
  • ShopBot Control System software to run your CNC
  • Each new ShopBot comes bundled with two powerful software programs to create CNC projects.
  • Includes simple, quick-start set-up guide
  • Desktop can be ordered with a CE Package
[View computer requirements]
Model Nominal Cutting Area* Total Tool Movement Area*  Footprint**
Desktop 24-18
with Aluminum Deck
 24" x 18" x 3.5"
.61m x .46m x .089m
25.2" x 20" x 5.5"
.64m x .51m x .14m
Router 36" x 32" x 30"
.91m x .81m x .76m
Spindle 39" x 32" x 30"
.99m x .81m x .76m
Desktop 24-18
with Universal Vacuum
Hold Down Deck Kit
24” x 18” x 3.5”
.61m x .46m x .089m
25.2” x 20” x 5.5”
.64m x .51m x .14m
Router 36” x 32” x 30”
.91m x .81m x .76m
Spindle 39” x 32” x 30”
.99m x .81m x .76m
*Nominal Cutting area and Total Movement Area refer to the areas that can be covered using a single z-axis.
**Spindle VFD fits to the right side of the gantry.

Hold Down at a Glance

Use this chart for reference on hold down options for our Desktop model tools that are best suited for your projects. Still not sure which deck best suits your needs? Give us a call, we’re happy to help. — 888-680-4466

Aluminum "T" Slot Deck (general purpose deck) Universal Vacuum Hold Down Deck Kit Gasketed Vacuum Hold Down System (mounts to Aluminum T-Slot Deck)
Flexibility Most Flexible – Allows for multiple hold down options. Somewhat Flexible – Allows for some other hold down options to be used in conjunction with vacuum hold down. Specific Usage – Requires the use of special fixtures for any part to be cut.
Material Setup Speed Slowest of Available Options – Material has to be manually attached each time. Production volume would remain low unless a specialized clamping fixture is fitted. Pretty Fast – For the vast majority of items, a blank would be placed on the bed and then the vacuum would be turned on. Production volume can be relatively high and can have a decent variety of parts with one setup. (Various signs, furniture parts, anything with medium-to-large sized parts cut out of flat stock would require no special setup.) Fastest – With the use of specialized fixtures, a blank would be placed on the bed and then the vacuum would be turned on. Production volume can be EXTREMELY high with this method.
Type of Hold Down Screws, nylon nails, tabs in the toolpath, toggle clamps mounted in the t-slots, wedge clamps, and various other types of clamps. Vacuum hold down, which can be supplemented with screws, tabs in toolpaths, and nylon nails for smaller parts that might break free. Vacuum hold down. The addition of threaded holes to bolt down blanks for specific setups can be used if needed.
Type/Size of Parts Small parts, large parts, and anything in-between, as long as there is an appropriate hold down method being used. Optimal for large parts. Without the additional hold down from screws, nylon nails, or tabs, there is a size limitation of about 10 square inches for the smallest part. Anything smaller than that means that there is a risk of pieces breaking free of the vacuum seal. Ideal for larger items like signs or anything cut from flat stock. Almost any size – as long as a fixture is used for it. Parts smaller than 2-3 square inches might require the addition of tabs or screws because parts of this size may break the vacuum seal.
Recommended Materials Any material the machine is capable of cutting. (Woods, plastics, composites, non-ferrous metals.) Recommended for cutting flat stock (sheets of wood, plastic, composites) ONLY. Not recommended for metal cutting without supplemental screws. Any material the machine is capable of cutting. (Woods, plastics, composites, non-ferrous metals.)
Markets Hobbyists, makers, maker pros, schools, woodworking, instrument making, furniture making, and prototyping, Can be used in production environments, but only with specialized clamping fixtures. Anyone who uses mostly flat stock. Hobbyists, makers, maker pros, schools, woodworking, furniture making, or production environments. Particularly useful for signmakers. Production environments with medium-to-large size runs of identical parts. Also appropriate for use when cutting identical-size blanks or when not cutting all the way through, i.e. Engraving/VCarving a variety of things on a standard set of blanks.
Misc No additional environmental noise with this deck option. A fairly significant amount of additional environmental noise is produced due to the vacuum motor. Hearing protection is HIGHLY recommended. A small amount of additional environmental noise generated due to the vacuum pump. It is typically not much louder than the sound a spindle cutting makes.

Software

No computer degree is needed to run a ShopBot! Each new ShopBot includes design software packages selected and bundled for project designing and tool-pathing. If you are primarily working in sheet goods, want to do v-carvings, and/or new to CNC? You may want to start with VCarvePro ShopBot Edition. If you are primarily working in solids or blocks, already experienced with CAD, and/or have an engineering background? You may want to start with Fusion 360. These two powerful software packages include CAD/CAM to take your ideas to project designs to tool-pathing. The ShopBot Control System software that runs your CNC is also included.

We also offer software packages for use in signmaking, cabinet making and more. Aspire by Vectric is one of our most popular—great for designing and machining carved decorative panels and doors, custom millwork, moldings, signage, dimensional logos, jewelry, custom gifts and much more.

ShopBot Design Software Suite is compatible with many software programs, including: • AutoCAD • Rhino 3D • SketchUp • ArtCAM • Vector Art 3D • Cabinet Vision • EnRoute • KCDw • MasterCAM • MillWizard • OneCNC • Shape 3D • Vector CAD CAM • Visualmill • CabinetParts Pro • DeskProto • eCabinet System

Learn more about software.

Your Business Network

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Digital fabrication and online communication — together they are playing an important role in reshaping manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world. The distributed manufacturing model, which brings on-demand production and the end user closer together, is also growing fast. ShopBot Tools is a leader in supporting these developments. Our free online community, 100kGarages.com, can connect you with business opportunities around the country and the globe.

We also support tech communities such as the grassroots Camp ShopBots and Maker Faires that meet around the country, and we supply tools and support to educational FabLabs and Techshops.

Free Technical Support

Whether you’re new to digital fabrication or a veteran user of CNC technology, ShopBot is here to support your efforts. We provide free telephone technical support 7 days a week from our headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. We also have a vibrant online community at talkshopbot.com, sharing tips and advice with other users of digital fabrication technology.


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