Digital Fabrication in Education Workshop

Expand the capabilities and access to digital fabrication tools in your classroom with principles covered in this class. Work independently and with other educators to master CNC basics and convert designs for other digital fabrication tools enhancing the classroom learning

Workshop Description:

Our 2.5-day Digital Fabrication for Educators Training is held at our Durham, NC headquarters. Classes are usually scheduled 2-3 times throughout the year and are limited in size. This group training takes students from an introduction to ShopBot tools and software and then moves on to hands-on design and machining with ShopBot CNC and other digital fabrication tools.

Classes begin at 9:00AM and end at 5:00PM on both Thursday and Friday, the Saturday class ends at 1:00PM; Thursday evening open hours to work independently (optional). Lunch will be provided each day, as well as a light breakfast and coffee each morning starting at 8:30AM. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them in the online form you receive a link to in your confirmation email. That way we can accommodate you as appropriately as possible. 

Prior to coming to your training, we ask that you please download the demo version of VCarve Pro, found on, and familiarize yourself with the software to get the most out of the class.

Cost: $400

Bring a friend or colleague to share your computer station with for no additional charge. Limited availability for sharing a reservation. Ask for details.


While you do not have to have CNC or CAD/CAM experience, familiarity with some aspect of digital fabrication is helpful.

CEU Credits: 2

Upcoming Classes:

June 13 - 15, 2019

July 18 - 20, 2019

August 8 - 10, 2019

Contact us if you’d like to schedule this training at your school or makerspace. We travel!

Visiting ShopBot and Durham, NC


Call 888-680-4466 or 919-680-4800 to reserve your seat. You can also email us at with your name, contact details, and a couple of sentences describing your experience level. And of course, questions are welcome! Classes are limited in size and fill up quickly.

Workshop Topics:

  • Using VCarve Pro CAD/CAM software to design and prepare files for machining via a ShopBot tool
  • Cross-platform training — including demos on how designs originally intended for one digital fabrication tool can be prepared for use on another platform (i.e. CNC to laser or vinyl cutter, 3D printing to 3D carrving on a CNC machine.)
  • Design flow
  • 2D vs. 3D
  • Computer aided design (CAD) and machining (CAM) software
  • How to evaluate which digital fabrication process is best for the desired outcome
  • Advanced learning about ShopBot tools
  • Fusion 360 CAD/CAM software (if time allows)
  • Using a Rotary Indexer on a ShopBot tool (if time allows)

There are opportunities for show and tell, and at least one round table discussion, so attendees should come prepared with questions and/or examples of how to use digital fabrication in education. Working in collaboration with fellow attendees, you should leave the workshop with hands-on projects and ideas to address topics related to STEM, CTE, the Arts, Common Core, and/or Next Generation Science Standards.