Applications:  Education

ShopBot CNC tools are being used in educational settings of all kinds–everywhere from elementary schools through colleges and universities. With tools ranging in size from small and portable, to large full-size tools capable of machining large sheet goods, our CNC tools have found their way into the domain of education in a variety of different ways.

While the most obvious application of CNC technology might seem to be in wood shops and the industrial arts, the educational use of ShopBots goes much deeper. Elementary, middle, and high schools are using digital fabrication to help further STEM and STEAM curriculum objectives. High school and college theatre programs are using ShopBot CNC for scenic production work. Engineering programs make use of our tools throughout their process—from prototyping to producing their end result. Getting an education that includes CNC technology opens up a world of possibilities to any number of employment opportunities, at many different levels, in a vast array of fields.

Some of the many educational organizations that are making use of ShopBot Tools: Elementary Schools • Middle Schools • High Schools • Colleges and Universities • Libraries • Makerspaces • Fab Labs • Technical and Vocational Schools • STEMSTEAMCTEFIRST RoboticsSkillsUSA

The modular nature of ShopBot tools means that skills learned with one tool are easily translatable to another tool. It’s just a matter of scaling up or down, depending on the size of the tool being used. Some of the skills learned with a ShopBot tool and the included software are even applicable in using other pieces of digital fabrication equipment. This all adds up to our tools being a great fit in the realm of education.

Our tools are easily integrated into a classroom, makerspace, Fab Lab, library, or really any other setting where hands-on learning is a priority. ShopBot’s are easy to use, reliable, and offer many options to suit your space, budget, and application needs.

Making the case for ShopBot:

  • Our tools are used in industry, primarily in fields ranging from engineering and prototyping to furniture and cabinet making.
  • Our tools are designed, manufactured, and supported in the USA.
  • We offer a wide range of models and sizes to fit any educational environment.
  • We support the global digital fabrication education community.
  • Hands-on training available for teachers and students.
  • On-site assembly available.
  • We are a sole source provider.
  • Payment via PO option for schools.
  • VCarve Pro 40 seat education license included with tool purchase and 1-year subscription to Fusion 360.
  • FREE technical support.
  • FREE online resources: projects & training

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Education Packages

Below are some of our most popular tool configurations. We have a wide range of accessories to customize your tool to meet your business needs. Contact your ShopBot specialist today at 1-888-680-4466. Request a Quote or Get in Touch for a general question or inquiry.

Still can't find the perfect tool? There are many other ShopBot tool configurations available. For custom quotes and questions with your pricing, contact our sales team. We’re happy to help.

Desktop D2418 with HSD 1hp Spindle

24" x 18" x 5.5"

Desktop 7 Piece Bit Kit
Desktop Mini Enclosure
Basic Training - 2 Days at ShopBot

Modify Package

Desktop MAX with Aluminum Deck

36" x 24" x 6"

Desktop 7 Piece Bit Kit
Desktop MAX Mini Enclosure
3" Diameter Rotary Indexer, turning length of 21"
Basic Training - 2 Days at ShopBot

Modify Package

PRSalpha ATC 96-60-8

96" x 60" x 8"

HSD ATC 5hp, Single Phase 220v or 3-Phase 230v
10hp Becker Rotary Vane Vacuum Pump
Dust Collector 1.5HP 60Hz
Router Bit Starter Kit 8 Piece
Basic Training - 2 Days at ShopBot

Modify Package

PRSstandard Buddy BT32

32" x 24" x 6"

PowerStick 48 PRS3
Router Bit Starter Kit 8 Piece
Basic Training - 2 Days at ShopBot

Modify Package

PRSalpha Buddy BT48

48" x 24" x 6"

PowerStick 48 PRS3
Router Bit Starter Kit 8 Piece
Basic Training - 2 Days at ShopBot

Modify Package


ShopBot offers accessories and add-ons for your tool. Here are a few of our most popular items.

Rotary Indexer

Rotary Indexer

Like a lathe, a rotary indexer provides a 4th rotary axis for turning a part, but it also provides precise “indexed” control over rotation.

Learn more about CNC Indexers
Dontek Drag Knife

Donek Drag Knife

Cut nearly anything normally cut with a utility knife with the added speed and precision of CNC.

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Plotter Pen

Plotter Pen

Allows your ShopBot to draw like a plotter. Draw signatures, logos or other images.

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Full Enclosure

Full Enclosure

Reduces noise and dust for Desktop MAX tools in high traffic, community work spaces. The full enclosure keeps hands safely away from the cutting area. Assembly required.

Learn more about enclosures

ShopBot Tools, Inc.

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Phone: 919-680-4800
Fax: 919-680-4900

ShopBot Tools, Inc.
3333-B Industrial Drive
Durham, NC 27704

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