LHR Technologies was founded in 2001 by former NASA robotics engineers Christopher S. Lovchik and J. David Jochim as a research and development company. As critical thinkers and craftsmen, they saw the need for new innovation in robotic controlled porducts and formed LHR to bring their knowledge of state-of-the-art technology to bear in the consumer market. LHR Technology’s first innovation was a simple, safe and tool-free, quick-change bit system for hand-held routers. Patented and distributed in 2003, the quick-change system allows a user to quickly change from one router bit to another (even among 1/4” and 1/2” shank bits). In December 2006, LHR Technologies launched its CNC woodworking system in 400 Sears stores as the Craftsman CompuCarve CNC System. That following summer, LHR Technologies began selling the identical machine as the CarveWright CNC System. Both machines are alike, except for the name, and are designed and manufactured by LHR Technologies. CarveWright is currently carried by Lowe’s, Sears, Amazon, WoodCraft Supply, Northern Tool, ACE, Handy Hardware and through our online store.
LHR Technologies, Inc.
Phone: (713) 473-6572
4930 Allen Genoa Road, Suite D
Pasadena, TX 77504
CarveWright Product Developers
Christopher S. Lovchik
Christopher S. Lovchik grew up working in his father’s cabinetry shop and is proficient in all aspects of woodworking, including hand carving. Mr. Lovchik was also a professional watchmaker for 10 years, giving him experience and insight into precision mechanisms. He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University in 1994.
Mr. Lovchik was a senior research scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. From 1995 to 2002, he headed the labs for Advanced Manipulator Development in the Advanced Systems Technology Branch of the Automation, Robotics and Simulation Division. He has been involved in a number of advanced projects and was the designer and inventor of the Robonaut hand (a five-finger dexterous robotic human hand that is still state-of-the-art today) for which he was awarded a U.S. Patent. He currently has 12 other patents in process through NASA. For his innovative designs and advancements in the field of dexterous robotics, Mr. Lovchik has received numerous awards, including the Exception Achievement Medal in 2000. He has had numerous articles published and lectured extensively in the field of Robotics.
J. David Jochim
J. David Jochim grew up experiencing and practicing the art of woodworking. The son of a cabinetmaker, Mr. Jochim worked his way through school as a craftsman and is familiar with the machines and techniques involved in woodworking. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Washington, earning a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.
Following graduation, he began working at NASA Johnson Space Center in the advanced robotics branch. He led vehicle design and integration for the Mini AERCam free-flying vehicle project. Mr. Jochim also led the design and prototype manufacture of an innovative, pneumatically driven heavy-lift transporter for planetary surface applications. He currently has two patents under consideration and was awarded the Rotary National Stellar Award for Space Achievement in 2001.