You have asked and we have listened. We're giving away a Shopbot!

A Shopbot is basically a CNC router capable of cutting and carving intricate shapes out of a wide variety of materials such as full-sized sheets of plywood and acrylic. Simply send it your design files, and the machine cuts them into reality.

Don't have design files to send? No problem! The winner will also be getting a copy of AutoCAD 2012 to help them get started.  (Can't wait to start making your designs now?  Try out our free suite of tools at 123D.)

To enter the Shopbot challenge post an Instructable that best shows off your creativity, ingenuity, and maker knowhow. We want to know that the person we give this Shopbot to has the skills and talent to make great use of it. It is important to put your best foot forwards and fully document your project with great photos, and clearly written instructions. And don't forget to tell us what you will do with it if you win!

Ready to start? Click here!

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, and Australia. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, February 27, 2012.

The ShopBot Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize

13 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

GRAND PRIZE (1 Winner)

One Grand prize winner will receive a PRS Standard 96-48-6 ShopBot CNC machine, a copy of AutoCAD 2011, and an Instructables prize pack.

First Prize (2)

FIRST PRIZE (2 Winners)

Two first prize winners will each receive their choice of a Bench Drill Press, MIG Welder, or a Band Saw along with a copy of Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2011.

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack that includes a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

Runner Up Prize (10)

RUNNER UP PRIZE (10 Winners)

Ten runner up prize winners will each receive a custom laser-etched Leatherman Juice.

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack that includes a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Nov 28, 2011 and Feb 27, 2012 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select ShopBot Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.