Intro to the ShopBot: Digital Woodworking
Get certified to use the 4’x8’ ShopBot for medium and large format woodworking projects.
- Sundays, June 5th and 12th, 1-5pm
This workshop is for anyone interested in using a CNC Router for digital fabrication, specifically the ShopBot machine for computer-controlled cutting and routing. The course covers an introduction to the ShopBot, Computer-Aided Design software to design projects for the machine, creation of 2D tool paths for the machine using VCarve Pro, and basic machine operation and safety. You will learn how to safely operate the machine on your own, so that you may use the machine independently after completing the training and signing up for membership.
Our machine is a ShopBot PRS standard 96 with a cutting area of 96" (x-axis) x 48" (y-axis) x 6" (z-axis). The machine is capable of machining 2D parts (profile, pockets, drilling) and making 3D carvings. This workshop only covers 2D tool paths, not 3D carvings.
This workshop consists of two parts, one instructional session and a followup session on the machine where you run a project on the machine.
Instructor: Larry Zagorsky
Larry is a daily fixture at the AS220 Labs where he is a key member and a resident in the work-live studios above the labs.
My Bio and reason for being. I am a retired engineer (…with several patents) and have been hiding out at AS220 for the past seven years, never to return to regular employment. Being a resident at AS220 and a key-member gives me 24/7 access (...did I mention that I am a night owl). This means that I get to work when everyone else is sleeping! This also means that I can support "part time" DIY'ers that can only be here during their off hours and have become the de facto "go-to" person. In addition to teaching, 1-1 training for all the equipment, design and production work for artists, commission work, I am an artist for the three of us (me-my-and-I) that hang out here.
The Industries FabLab can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating, so I see my role as removing the fears of being in an unfamiliar environment and showing how creative, exciting, and fulfilling a place like this can really be! Creativity is contagious and we love to watch it spread like wildfire!
DISCOUNTS & SCHOLARSHIPS: AS220 Industries offers needs-based scholarships as well as discounted spots for BIPoC, Emerging Members, and Industries Monthly Members. We believe that everyone deserves access to arts education, and focus on centering marginalized communities and those who have had barriers accessing these resources. If you'd like to apply for a scholarship or use a discount, find more details HERE.
LOCATION: The AS220 Industries is located in the Mercantile building at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island, 02903 on the 1st floor. The entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way; use the entrance under the AS220 Printshop sign, head upstairs and follow the signs. Ring the bell if the doors aren't open (though they should be).
PARKING: There are 2 and 3 hour metered on-street parking spaces available throughout downtown, and parking is free on Sundays. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.
IMPORTANT WORKSHOP POLICIES: Please be as respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn and be as on time as possible. If you arrive more than half an hour late, you may be asked to not participate. Please plan ahead as it always takes time to find parking.
REFUND POLICY: To cancel your reservation must email email@example.com at least two weeks in advance, or you risk losing your payment.
CANCELLATION OF WORKSHOPS: If the minimum enrollment is not met, or in the case of instructor illness, we may opt to cancel workshops or reschedule. If this is the case, you may choose to push your enrollment to a future workshop session or request a full refund. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible, thank you for your understanding.