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ShopBot to demo DeskProto ® at World Maker Faire NY.

For immediate release, Sept 2012.

Utrecht (the Netherlands) -- Sept 13, 2012 -- Machine builder ShopBot Tools and software builder Delft Spline Systems will demonstrate easy CNC machining at the World Maker Faire in New York, on Sept 29 and 30.

Most Makers are now using digital fabrication technologies to create hot new products: manufacturing based on 3D computer data. Using a CNC milling machine this can be done in any material, making such machine a perfect tool for Makers. This will be shown at this year’s World Maker Faire, where machine builder ShopBot Tools (USA) and software builder Delft Spline Systems (NL) will demonstrate the ShopBot Desktop machine combined with the DeskProto 3D CAM software.

"We are positioning the ShopBot Desktop as a platform for all kinds of digital fabrication capabilities." says Ted Hall, Founder and CEO of ShopBot. "The response to the Desktop has been great, from hobbyists, to small and mid-size business owners, to educators". New on the ShopBot Desktop is the Rotary Indexing Tool add-on, making it possible to machine a part from all sides.

Rotation axes machining
Rotary machining Venus de Milo (a free DeskProto download) in maple wood. Picture courtesy of Mauri Romano.

The DeskProto CAM software combines well with this machine to be used by Makers, as DeskProto is very easy to use (it is aimed at "3D CNC machining for non-machinists"). DeskProto offers various options for rotation axis machining: both continuous rotation and ‘indexed machining’, meaning automatically machining from several sides, are possible.

"We are very glad with ShopBot’s invitation to show DeskProto at their booth." says Lex Lennings, DeskProto sales manager. "We will bring some great rotary parts, made in wood, and we can show how easy it is to create these". For hobbyist users DeskProto is available at a special low price: perfect for Makers. A free trial version (fully functional) can be downloaded at

About ShopBot

ShopBot Tools, founded in 1996 and based in Durham, NC (USA), designs and manufactures high-value digital fabrication systems (more commonly known as CNC routers). ShopBot is known for making computer-controlled fabrication technology affordable to small and medium sized businesses, as well as educational school districts. As a result, there are more than 6000 ShopBots at work in 54 countries.
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About DeskProto

DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems (the Netherlands) is the 3D CAM program that has made 3D CNC milling feasible for non-machinists. Key feature is the ease of use: DeskProto is aimed at designers, not (as most other CAM software) at CAM specialists. The software can import STL files from any 3D CAD system and can export NC program files suited for any 3-axis or 4-axis CNC milling machine.
Despite its low-end price DeskProto contains many high-end features, like automatic feedrate reduction at high chiploads, collet collision check, full rotation axis support, and the two-sided milling wizard.
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About the Maker Faire

The Maker Faire promises to be the ”World's most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more”. This year’s World Maker Faire is in the New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY, on Sept 29 and 30.
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The picture is available for download, in two resolutions: (350 x 250 pixels, 16 KB). (5000 x 3400 pixels, 1.2 MB).
Illustration caption:
"Rotary machining Venus de Milo (a free DeskProto download) in maple wood"

For more information

For more information on this press release contact Lex Lennings of Delft Spline Systems
Tel +31 30 296 5957, Email

DeskProto is a registered trademark of Delft Spline Systems.