Student Project: Computer Workstation

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Project by TechTeacher posted 04-11-2013 06:00 PM 2995 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my students, who has been instrumental in assembly and figuring out our Shopbot CNC router has been coming in early every morning to “make stuff.” One of his creations is this table to hold the computer that we use to run the Shopbot. We went with a three legged version because our floor isn’t very flat. We also wanted to stay away from the basic box shapes. My involvement was pretty limited, mostly just helping with feasibility. He is only a sophomore, has pretty good AutoCAD skills, but no CNC experience prior to this year. I look forward to seeing creations that he can come up with in the next couple years. He has been instrumental in helping others with projects and getting others fired up about CNC

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 06:08 PM

Looks cool. Please keep us up to speed on you and your students creativity.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 06:44 PM

Here is how I get people excited about CNC: I show them a CNC working. Boom! Done.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#3 posted 04-11-2013 06:44 PM

Great table by the way.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 06:51 PM

I like the “out of the box” design!
Keep an eye on this student as it looks like he has a lot of designer potential!

You must have a decent dust collection system as it is being used in a class room and the PC is not filtered!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 04-11-2013 07:23 PM

That is WAY COOL. Don’t be surprised if ShopBot comes along and wants to use it.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#6 posted 04-11-2013 07:59 PM

like it a lot…

love to see the kids get CNC experience in high school….

tell them Mechanical Engineering/Robotics is the way to go!!

Using robotic tools is fun….

designing and making them is the wave of the future as more and more tasks are automated.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 04-12-2013 02:41 AM

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#8 posted 04-12-2013 09:35 AM

That is awesome! I Love having those kids around who are self motivated and come in during homeroom, study hall, english, biology, etc…. the reason I teach!

I’m looking to try and get a CNC machine soon- would you recommend ShopBot? I was looking at Rockler’s “Shark” but I don’t know if it is any good.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 04-12-2013 01:09 PM

That is sweet

-- Vince

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#10 posted 04-12-2013 01:17 PM

That’s all right. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 04-12-2013 02:06 PM

great looking desk. The design is really well done and creative.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 04-12-2013 04:00 PM

Thanks for all the nice compliments. It really makes teaching fun when students are self motivated. Yes I would recommend the Shopbot. Good machine, fairly easy to use software, good support. We have the 48” x 96” table which I would recommend over any machine with a smaller table. While we don’t cut alot of real huge parts it’s pretty nice to be able to throw an entire sheet of MDF on the table and cut parts out without having to wrestle with table saw ect.

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#13 posted 04-12-2013 09:06 PM

Great project, I would like to have a shop bot for my lab at school. I have to wait since they bought me a high end 3d printer this year. The dimension printer is also an awesome machine. I like the idea of design it then make it concept of both the shop bot and 3d printer. The students really get fired up about them.

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#14 posted 04-13-2013 01:25 PM

It’s good to hear anything about the younger generation getting fired up about woodworking. Keep up the good work.

-- Have a great day.

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#15 posted 04-14-2013 01:57 AM

Very Modern! I like it!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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