Digitizing Probe - 3D

  • $ 395.00

Works only with ShopBot and ShopBot Control Software 

Make a copy of an object in 3D with our digital touch probe.  Attaches in place of your router bit in the router collet.  Place the object you want to copy on the ShopBot table and run the Copy Machine tool in the ShopBot Control Software. You can duplicate an existing 3D shape or a piece of decorative trim or molding.  Very useful for luthiers, furniture makers and restoration work.

The Digitizing Probe provides a way to create 3D files without the complexity of using 3D software because it can directly generate a ShopBot Part File as it probes.  Alternatively, you can generate 3D files for import into 3D software, which can then be modified or enhanced.

The Digitizing Probe can also be used to trace the outline of the edges of a flat part in order to produce a 2D file for cutting out copies of the part.

The probing time required to sample the object depends on the size of the object and how much detail you want to maintain in your copy.  Step distance can be set to as little as 0.002 inch depending on detail desired.  The probing process is not fast, but it does not require user intervention while the sampling is being done.  Once you have probed the part, you can efficiently cut an unlimited number of copies.

The probe gently touches the object during the process of sampling locations along the surface.  Its internal sensing is done by optical switches which provide accurate and reliable measurement over millions of contacts.  Output format choices are ShopBot Part File (.sbp), 3D point cloud (.dxf) for importing into design software such as VCarve Pro, Aspire or ArtCAM and polyline (.dxf; 2D outline only) for importing into a CAD/CAM program.


If you are a school in the US and would like to order with a PO or multiple tools for a classroom, please contact us or fax to 888-680-4466.

Shipping Methods

Our goal is to offer you the fastest and lowest-cost shipping method. The shipping charge will be noted at Checkout. Delivery of oversized items (Desktop Tool included) or special handling orders will require an adult signature at the time of delivery. Most orders ship via FedEx Ground for domestic orders and FedEx International Priority for international orders. The Desktop ships via YRC Freight.

We cannot ship to PO Box addresses. Please use a physical address. 

Shipping Locations

Orders ship from our production facility in Durham, North Carolina.

Shipment Delivery Time

Your purchase of in-stock merchandise will be shipped on the day you order if we receive the order prior to 12 PM, Monday through Friday, not including holidays. Orders of in-stock items received after 12 PM local time will be shipped the next business day. Special orders and out-of-stock merchandise may require additional time prior to shipment.

Time in transit is typically 1-7 days depending on your location; international orders that are slow to move through customs may require additional time for delivery. If the shipment of your order is delayed, we will notify you by email. If multiple items are ordered where one or more items are out of stock, by default all items will ship when out-of-stock items are available. If you wish to receive in-stock items sooner, you may order these items separately in which case they will be subject to the delivery schedule above.

International Shipping

We ship via FedEx International Priority. You will be responsible for paying any duties and taxes, including GST and VAT. FedEx ships to more than 220 countries and territories. Check the FedEx International Countries Served list to see if you country is included. At this time, we are not shipping the Desktop or Desktop MAX outside of the US. If you are interested in placing an international order for the Desktop or Desktop MAX, please contact us or call 1-888-680-4466.

Shipping Charges

Your shipping charge will be based on the weight of your order. This includes items shipped in multiple boxes. To get a shipping estimate based on your cart, enter your country, state and zip here.

Receiving a Freight Shipment

When receiving a freight shipment from a freight company do the following upon delivery:

  • inspect the crate immediately for any signs of damage, note any damage on the receipt
  • compare the number of shipping units received to the number listed on the delivery receipt
  • sign and date the delivery receipt
  • if you have any questions, ask the driver making the delivery
  • contact us to let us know if your shipment was short or damaged

Orders Damaged in Shipping

If you believe a package received from us was damaged in transit, please refuse shipment and tell the carrier that you are refusing delivery because the package is damaged. Contact us to let us know about the damage via email or call 888-680-4466

Shipping Refunds

Your original shipping charge will be refunded for a part sent to you in error, a defective part, or an order you refuse due to damage in shipping. This refund will automatically be credited once we receive and inspect the part. If only a portion of your order is returned, the refund for shipping costs will be prorated. Details can be found in the Returns Policy.

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