CNC routers are wonderful machines, intricate cuts are child's play and you can make them over and over, but stationary tools take up a lot of floor space and what if you have a project away from your workshop, what then? Well, here's a tool you have to see the videos to believe and even then you may have your doubts because it's almost like magic, it's the Shaper Origin, a variable speed router attached to a unit that controls the precise position of the bit while you guide the router with your hands.
You create your design using any CAD program you are familiar with or you can use Shaper's simple on-tool CAD. You lay down strips of ShaperTape on the work piece and let Shaper scan the surface to orient itself. Then off you go. You use the capacitive touch display to follow the lines of your design and the bit is automatically positioned on the fly to correct for any imprecision in your movements. If you stray too far, the bit is automatically retracted. Cool, huh?
The Shaper Origin also has no limited bed size as stationary tools do, you can work on projects large and small. It uses standard bits, includes an attachment for dust collection, all that's required is your imagination. This is definitely not your father's router, not even close.
Link: Shaper Tools
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