Founder and CEO
Ted Hall, founder of ShopBot Tools, got excited about digital fabrication 25 years ago. Ted wanted a digitally controlled tool that would cut plywood for backyard boatbuilding projects. Ted’s quest, which became ShopBot®, was to create a digital tool that was oriented to use by small shops and individuals rather than the industrial production of then current CNC machines – a tool that took advantage of the technology’s capability to cut, drill, and machine, with high precision – but that made sense for a small manufacturing. Since starting ShopBot, Ted has not built many boats, but today there are thousands of ShopBots fabricating away in small manufacturing operations around the world. An open community of digital fabricators, www.100kGarages.com started by Bill Young and Ted, is a singular resource for anyone wanting to get something made, emphasizing digital models and digital fabrication tools. Ted writes about their potential to return local manufacturing to our communities, https://firstname.lastname@example.org.