Wednesday, January 31, 2007

New projects in ShopBot Labs

Lots of action in ShopBot Labs recently. The Checkit checkist program which is one of my favorites has gotten a big update with new features and a program to help create and edit checklists. I think it's got a lot of potential to make ShopBotting easier, in classrooms and shops in general, and I'm working on checklists for projects like the Workstation and Sawhorses. Check it out if you haven't already.

We've also got a couple of programs from Ryan Patterson, the creator of Cabinet Parts Pro and ShopBot's newest employee. One is an updated Part File Editor and the other is a program that interacts with a Delta VFD for controlling the speed of a spindle.

Friday, January 19, 2007

More graduates

A couple more programs from ShopBot Labs will soon be graduating to the ShopBot Software install. The one that's been the most popular is the Extruder which you will be able to find in the Virtual Tools menu. We are also creating a "Utilities" Virtual Tool that will hold all the Part File modifying routines like the File Splitter that don't actually create anything new but instead do something to modify an existing Part File. Once these end up in the ShopBot Software we'll delete them from ShopBot Labs to make room for new stuff.