About Buildbotics

Our Mission

Our main goal is to make desktop manufacturing easier. CNC, 3D printers and LASER cutters are awesome tools but using them can be both expensive and challenging. Fortunately, many companies are beginning to produce relatively inexpensive machines but the software and controllers that run them are either very costly and difficult to use or poor quality and lacking features. We believe desktop manufacturing is for everyone.

The Company

Buildbotics LLC is located in Petaluma, CA. It’s founders Joe and Doug Coffland are related as Nephew and Uncle. They founded the company in 2014 and began work on the Buildbotics CNC controller in 2015. Both have extensive engineering experience.

Joseph Coffland

Creator of both CAMotics, a CNC simulation and CAM software, and TPL, a system in Javascript for creating machine tool paths, Joe Coffland earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Boise State University in 2000. In 2002, he founded the software consulting company Cauldron Development LLC through which he has developed embedded systems under contract with companies such as Hewlett Packard, Wabtec and Ugobe. He has extensive experience with simulation systems having developed a hardware/software simulator for the University of Amsterdam, a cell simulator for the University of Notre Dame, the Open-Source CNC simulator CAMotics and acting as the lead developer for the Folding@home project for more than ten years.

Doug Coffland

Doug Coffland earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Idaho, graduating cum laude in 1979. He recently retired from more than thirty years service at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he earned five patents and managed approximately 100 scientists, engineers, and technicians.