The ShopBot PRSstandard
and PRSalpha series tools

Your guide to choosing the right tool

From a Desktop model great for rapid prototyping and production of small parts, to 10ft x 30ft tools that fabricate components for trucks, houses and airplanes, there’s a ShopBot for your needs. The PRSalpha series tools have enough production capability for a three-shift factory: they are the system of choice for high performance, speed and durability. The PRSstandard series tools allow you to perform digital fabrication at an even lower cost; they are perfect for lower-volume production, hobbyists, schools, artists and DIYers. Many tool sizes are available as both PRSalpha’s and PRSstandard’s. See below for a detailed comparison of our tools. Then give us a call. We’ll help you choose the right tool and configuration for your needs.

PRSstandard series

PRSstandard series

PRSalpha series

PRSalpha series

ShopBot Desktop.
Move over home office.
Hello, home factory.

ShopBot Buddy®.
16 square feet of
industrial strength CNC.

ShopBot Full-Size Tools.
Power and precision without
the price of big-iron CNC.

ShopBot 5-Axis Tools.
5-Axis CNC for less
than $40K. From any
angle, it's revolutionary.

Find the right tools for your needs

 

The ShopBot PRSalpha series

With enough production capability for a three-shift factory, the PRSalpha is the system of choice for shops requiring high performance, high volume, speed and reliable power for all cutting tasks. ShopBot PRSalpha CNCs are our toughest, most sophisticated, gantry-based CNC routers.

Using advanced technology for CNC cutting, drilling, carving and machining, the PRSalpha series tools deliver rapid transit speeds of 1800 inches per minute and cutting speeds of up to 600 inches per minute. Easy to configure and re-configure, learn and use, the PRSalpha CNC delivers affordable, full-production performance in digital fabrication of wood, plastic, aluminum, and other materials.

  • Fast, closed-loop Vexta alphaStep motors fitted with low-backlash, tapered-hob gear heads on all three axes (two on the X axis) -- alphaStep system monitors motor shaft positions to maintain synchronicity between signal and motion.
  • Tough precision bearings and hardened steel rails on each axis.
  • Reliable rack-and-pinion power transmission on each axis.
  • Impressive cutting speeds of up to 600 inches per minute (depending on cutting bit and material) and rapid transit speeds of 1,800 inches per minute.
  • Step resolution of .0004”.
  • Positional accuracy of +/- .002”.
  • Sealed Industrial Control Box.
  • Emergency Stop disconnect switch in the Control Box with integrated and cabled remote Emergency Stop Buttons.
  • Z-zero Touch-Off Plate and XY Proximity Switches.
  • Dust Skirt ready to connect to your dust collector.
  • Advanced ShopBot Control System software runs your CNC.
  • User-friendly ShopBot Design Software Suite for easy part design and tool-pathing.
  • Shipped as four ready-to-assemble modules.
  • Free Tech Support and User Forum.
  • Two-year warranty.
Learn about the ShopBot Buddy®    Learn about the Full Size PRSalpha CNC    Learn about the 5-axis CNC

The ShopBot PRSstandard series

ShopBot’s PRSstandard series provides an affordable entry cost for those who are ready to get started with CNC productivity— working in wood, plastics, aluminum and more. The tools are ideal for low-to-moderate production shops, educational settings, hobbyist garages, signmakers, woodworkers, artists, and DIYers (to name but a few). PRSstandard tools have the same rigid frames and durable mechanical components as our top-of-the-line PRSalpha series.

  • Low-backlash gearhead stepper motors on all axes.
  • RBK Series stepper drivers on all axes.
  • Tough precision bearings and hardened steel rails on each axis.
  • Reliable rack-and-pinion power transmission on each axis.
  • Z-zero Plate & XY Proximity Switches.
  • Dust skirt ready to connect to your dust collector.
  • Sealed Industrial Control Box.
  • Emergency Stop disconnect switch integrated in Control Box.
  • Advanced ShopBot Control System software runs your CNC.
  • Step resolution .0006”.
  • Positional accuracy of +/- .002”.
  • User-friendly ShopBot Design Software Suite for easy part design and tool-pathing.
  • Upgradable to our more advanced PRSalpha (except the ShopBot Desktop)
  • Free Telephone Tech Support 7 days/ week from our Durham headquarters.
  • Free online User Forum.
  • Two-year warranty.
Learn about the Desktop   Learn about the ShopBot Buddy®   Learn about the Full Size PRSstandard CNC

Software

No computer degree is needed to run a ShopBot! Each ShopBot includes:  VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition and PartWorks3D software. VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition allows you to design and create 2D and 2.5D parts, while PartWorks3D creates toolpaths from the 3D design software of your choice. Both programs simulate the cutting of parts so you can verify they will be created just as you intend. Also included: ShopBot control software that will have your tool cutting designed parts in no time.

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.

VCarve Pro ShopBot Edition is compatible with many software programs, including: • AutoCAD • Autodesk 123D • Rhino 3D • Google 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

100kGarages

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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