TTS Tooltechnic Systems, which acquired SawStop in 2017 and just this week teased about new Festool SawStop-featuring table saw tech, has acquired Shaper, maker of the Origin hand-guided CNC router.
The Shaper Origin CNC router, shown above as it existed in 2016 when they launched a preorder program, has evolved over the years.
Currently, the Shaper Origin is equipped with a custom router spindle that was co-developed with Festool and built by TTS, and it ships in a custom Systainer tool box made by Tanos, another TTS Tooltechnic Systems brand.
The Origin requires the use of ShaperTape, a specially-patterned tape that allows the Origin to accurately track its position while being guided over a workpiece.
Currently priced at $2499, the Shaper Origin is one over very few handheld CNC routers that allow you to bring your cutting tool to workpieces. Most other CNC routers require you to bring your board or sheet materials to a CNC router, with very large workpieces requiring very large machines.
So, TTS Tooltechnic Systems, Festool’s parent company, has just acquired the Shaper company.
In their announcement, TTS says:
With this technology, TTS is taking another big step forward in offering innovative digital solutions to its target groups. Together with the software experts from Shaper Tools, further trend-setting offers are to be developed for the customer.
Festool is best known for their dust extractors, sanders, saws, routers, joinery tools, and other related woodworking power tools and accessories.
SawStop specializes in flesh-detection and active injury mitigation table saws.
Shaper developed the Origin hand-guided CNC router, as well as the software and ShaperTape that allow it all to work.
Maybe this will allow development of a more affordable Shaper Origin that potentially becomes more popular, and even ubiquitous?
How do you think TTS and Festool will leverage the Shaper products and technologies to enhance current offerings, or in the development of new products?
Thank you to MT_Noob for the news tip!