ICYMI, Shaper Origin – the Portable CNC – Launched Today

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Well my inbox blew up today with Shaper Origin propaganda and I have to admit that it worked!  This is a next level tool that I must have!

In case you missed it, the Shaper Origin is a handheld CNC machine.  Period.  That should be enough for you to throw your wallet at the screen right now.  I could try to explain how this thing works, but you should just check out the videos at the bottom of this post to see what I’m talking about.

It’s pretty cool to see a new woodworking tool getting publicity in the tech world.  I think anything that brings more eyes to woodworking is a good thing.  And with sites like Wired, CNET, and TechCrunch featuring stories on it, you can believe there are a lot of “non-woodworkers” considering giving this a shot today.

Available for pre-order today at the low low price of $1499, this tool could take your shop to places you haven’t dreamed of.  Ok, so that price point is probably out of reach for a high percentage of us, but the mere existence of this machine is good news.

Just like everything else technology-related, the price will fall with time.  Also, other tool companies will come out with their version which will increase competition and thereby cut the price.  While I’d love to order one today, I’m gonna have to wait.

The frustrating part will be watching all the YouTube videos where the guys were given one for free.  Such is life.

I’m curious what your thoughts are on the Shaper Origin.  Would you buy one?  How would you use it?  Would you buy one if you already had a CNC?


Shaper Origin – How It Works

Shaper Origin: One Tool, Infinite Possibilities

✔ DiResta The Origin from Shaper Test Drive

Portable CNC: The Shaper Origin

See the Shaper YouTube channel for even more videos.

1 Comment

  • Reply August 23, 2016


    I can already see people retrofitting this with a plasma torch to the z axis!! It’s definitely a very cool product and will most likely bring more hobbyist into the cnc spectrum! I personally love a traditional cnc! I love that I can draw something up in CAD, hit cut, and continue working on other aspects of a project! I also understand that not everyone can afford a cnc (in my case a plasma) or the “learning curve” that comes with one (learning the cad/cam programs, waisted material ect) so it’s not for me, but i do think it can help a lot of people out, and its a very reasonable price! They should make a killing on this! It would be really cool if this was in middle and high school’s. More kids might be interested in it, and we might not loose shop classes anymore.

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