We are developing a revolutionary line of computer-augmented power tools, starting with a handheld CNC router. Our mission is to improve the way that craftspeople design, build, and connect with each other.
Computer Numerical Control, a technology invented at MIT in the 1950s, has transformed the way products are designed and manufactured. It enables complex shapes to be economically produced and shared across the world. However, the process of using CNC is still complex, and disconnects the user from the physical crafting of an object. That is where we come in. We have figured out how to blend the power of computer control with the flexibility, simplicity, and pleasure of using a hand tool. Whether you are a traditional craftsperson or a CNC guru, our tools will change the way you work. We are currently developing our first commercial product: a handheld CNC router. Below we give some information about how it works and a few examples of what it can do.
These are a few examples projects cut freehand by a novice woodworker using a prototype version of our tool.
We equip a standard handheld router with a means of knowing its precise location on a workpiece, and the ability to make corrections under computer control. The user, guided by a display, moves the tool to roughly follow a digital plan, and the tool makes minor adjustments to stay precisely on the plan. You can learn more about the operating principles of our first prototype by reading our academic paper, which was presented at SIGGRAPH 2012.
Alec completed his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 2012, where he studied Taktia's core technology as the subject of his thesis. He has experience in computer vision, computer graphics, sketch-based modeling, non-photorealistic rendering, and physically-based animation. Alec has been involved in the development of Taktia for the past three years.
Ever since his undergraduate thesis entitled "Rapid Prototyping of Rapid Prototyping Machines", Ilan has been working to make it easier for individuals to build their own digital fabrication tools. He designed the CoreXY cartesian motion system that is used in a number of 3D printers, and a modular control framework called Gestalt. Outside of academia, Ilan has interned at Apple and has worked full-time at Continuum, a global design consultancy.
Rob completed his Masters at the MIT Media Lab in 2013. He has a background in HCI research with a focus on hybrid augmented reality interactions. Prior to this research work Rob worked as multi-platform developer and has interned at IDEO.
After finishing his BA in Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz, Noah has worked as an entertainment lighting technician, a carpenter and a fabricator of fine furniture. He has a great deal of experience in designing and creating art and products with computer controlled systems. Noah is applying his experience with CNC fabrication to ensure a fully featured power tool and he is excited to make digital fabrication easier than ever.
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