mtm : foldafab
The Foldafab is a portable, computer-controlled router, capable of packing down to fit in a duffel, and expanding to fit a wide variety of stocks and objects. It can machine foams, woods, and plastics, as well as in situ objects like tables, signs, walls, vehicles, robots, etc. The Foldafab uses a Sarrus linkage as a collapsable linear guide actuated by a flexible belt tensioning system. The design is modular, as multiple units can be snapped together to form a larger range of travel.
This project comes out of an MIT class, 6.S080: Mechanical Invention through Computation, as well as the Center for Bits and Atom's Machines that Make research program.