Shopbot Desktop Milling machine



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 a flexible platform to support your growing digital fabrication interests and needs.

XYZ Movement 24" x 18" x 5.5" (609.6mm x 457.2mm 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]
Weight 102 lbs [without router/spindle]
Frame Welded aluminum, precision ground guide surfaces
Deck Aluminum "T" slot extrusion [removable]
Linear Bearings Fully supported precision linear guides and blocks on each axis [THK]
Drive System Motors with integral, precision-coated lead screw with anti-backlash technology on each axis [Haydon Switch & Instrument]
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 220V @ 10Amps [router or spindle]

When it comes to quality, the difference is in the details.

Like all of our tools, each ShopBot Desktop is built here in the U.S. in our Durham, North Carolina headquarters. We use the highest quality parts so that you can count on the tool to perform for you for years to come:

The ShopBot Desktop has a welded aluminum frame and steel rails, giving this tool the heft and rigidity to do real projects. Others may use plastic parts in their smaller tools — ShopBot does not. We don't cut corners!
The ShopBot Desktop uses the same control and software as our full size tools. It runs ShopBot software and ships with the ShopBot Design Software Suite so it’s fully compatible with other ShopBots and all of our ShopBot resources such as training, projects, and forums.

If you're new to digital fabrication, you'll find that the ShopBot Desktop has resources to help you. The Desktop's quick set-up, starter projects, and new ShopBotEASY interface will help you get to work on day one.

Customer support is available 7 days a week, including evenings, from our Durham headquarters. If you're just starting on the CNC learning curve or you've been "fabbing" for years, we have a knowledgeable, friendly support team that's ready to help.

ShopBot Control Software

The latest version of the ShopBot Control Software is always available here for free download. This is the software that runs ShopBot CNC Tools. With the ShopBot Control Software, you can enter individual commands to move the tool or run a ShopBot Part File, a cutting file created in a CAD/CAM program such as the ShopBot Design Software Suite, to cut out a part.

Along with the ShopBot Control Software needed to run your ShopBot CNC tool, we are pleased to offer two powerful software programs to create CNC projects with each tool purchase.

VCarve Pro V8.0

VCarve Pro V8.0 ShopBot Edition provides a powerful but intuitive software solution for cutting parts on a ShopBot CNC Router. There are tools for 2D design and calculation of 2D and 2.5D toolpaths and along with the ability to import and toolpath a single 3D model (STL, OBJ etc.). There is also support to import multiple Vectric Clip Art 3D models (V3M) to create 3D assemblies.

Autodesk Fusion 360™

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool for product development that combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration, and machining in a single package. With Fusion 360 you can quickly iterate on design ideas with sculpting tools to explore form and modeling tools to create finishing features. Engineer your models to test fit and motion; create assemblies, photorealistic renderings, and animations. Fusion 360 also allows you to work in teams in a hybrid environment that harnesses the power of the cloud when necessary and uses local resources when it makes sense.

Desktop Package with Industrial Spindle

Desktop 24-18
- Includes 5.5" Z axis
- Includes ShopBot Control System Software & ShopBot Design Software Suite
HSD 1HP 220V Single-Phase Spindle for the Desktop.
Desktop Starter Bit Kit (ball nose,1/4 downcut, straight bits, upcut & downcut spiral bits – 7 Onsrud Cutters).
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.


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