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Issue: 5
Article No.: 5749

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New Heavy Hitter Desktop
ShopBot Tools, one of the largest makers of digital fabrication tools in the U.S., has announced the launch of the ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC, the newest addition to their desktop tool line. The Desktop MAX ATC has all of the same capabilities of the popular Desktop MAX but has the additional power and efficiency of an Automatic Tool Changer (ATC). Like their other desktop tools, it utilizes a unique frame and bed design (36”x 24” cutting area) which is completely open underneath. There are two different deck options: a universal vacuum hold down deck or an aluminum deck, which can be partially or completely removed for a wide variety of endmilling and edge work. It also features a dual-motor gantry design, providing impressive stability and precision.

An ATC reduces production time by quickly and robotically changing cutters between tool paths,eliminating the need to change and zero tools individually. “The MAX ATC is a factory at your fingertips,” offers Ryan Patterson, one of the Engineers on the team that developed the Desktop MAX ATC. “It’s out of the crate ready to add to a production line in any size shop and can be set up with a variety of accessories for virtually any custom application.”

ShopBot's expanding array of CNC tools are used in prototyping, full production cutting, carving, machining, and milling in a variety of materials, including wood, MDF, plastics, foams, and soft metals. The full line of tools from ShopBot is oriented to be used for both standard and specialty operations. ShopBot's CNC tools deliver professional power and precision typically associated with more expensive CNC tools.

The tool ships fully assembled and uses 110v household power, it comes standard with a six position tool bank, 6: ISO20 tool holders and 6: 1/4” collets. Customers will need an air source to provide 4cfm @90PSI in order to utilize the automatic tool changer. The MAX ATC ships with ShopBot Control System software and comes bundled with two powerful software programs to create CNC projects. It also includes a simple, quick start set-up guide.

For more information, contact Jen Nix, ShopBot Tools, Inc., 3333B Industrial Drive, Durham, NC 27704, 888-680-4466/919-680-4800, Fax: 919-680-4900, E-Mail:, Web:

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