Shaper Origin is a hybrid CNC/hand-held router. Its size, shape and weight are similar to a hefty 3-1/4 HP plunge router, so it has a familiar feel in the hand.
However, it has some extras you won’t see on a regular hand-held router. For one thing, Origin has a screen mounted to the top. Origin is powered by a 1HP motor with a 1/4″ collet. The motor can be moved in a limited range of motion by the onboard computer. There is about 1″ of movement in the motor.
The on-board screen allows the user to see and control this motion. Origin is able to follow a computer drawing within this range of motion much like a large CNC would move around a 4×8 sheet of plywood to cut out a kitchen cabinet. Origin is able to read line art drawings transferred to it either by WiFi or by a USB drive. Origin also has some onboard design capabilities to create a simple design right on the router.