A software to make customized furniture and artifacts using CNC Router/ Laser Cutter.

Guide: Pragun Goyal (MIT Media Labs) & Dan Sawada (MIT Media Labs)     Built During: MIT Media Labs DI 2014 workshop      Time Required: 1 Week

This project was done by me as a part of the MIT Media Labs Design Innovation Workshop organized in March 2014. I was in the fabrication laboratory track where we had to make something which will help others to make/fabricate something, like a tool or a software. The brain storm lasted for 2 whole days and the maker environment around gave us a lot of inspiration and the result was pretty awesome.

Nowadays, as the maker revolution is engulfing the world, we find tools such as 3D printer, CNC router machines and laser cutter being readily available everywhere. Therefore, people are able to make customized things with much more ease. So we decided to build a software which would help people build their own furniture using a laser printer or a CNC router machine. The UI of the software is as shown in the image below:

User Interface of the Software.

User Interface of the Software.

Due to limited time we were able to make only for a laptop stand and a phone stand. On clicking the submit button a file known a “.SVG ” is produced which is popularly utilized for giving instructions to the laser cutter. The working is:

  1. The user would select the device.
  2. The design is also selected.
  3. Finally, the dimensions.

The designs are such that they will not need any nails or bolts, the parts will fit into each others slots to produce the entire structure which is both strong an easy to make(mostly wood, may vary for other materials). An example of a laptop stand is given:

A laptop stand produced using our software with custom dimensions.

A laptop stand produced using our software with custom dimensions.

The future plan for this project would be to build a huge cimmunity where people can share designs and help each other to make some wonderfull stuff.

This project was done with me by Akshay Hinduja from VJTI, Mumbai and Aman Thakker from VIT, Chennai.