I find this MIT/CBA “Machines That Make” stuff deeply powerful and exciting, because:
- I was getting fed up with the idea that a RepRap had to be able to reproduce itself 100%, and any deviation from that was somehow heresy. (However, notice the proportion of plastic in the snap-lock-build machine! Apart from smooth rod, lead screws and motors, it’s all plastic. But you wouldn’t want to extrude that volume of plastic!)
- It moves on the idea of Rep Lab … in other words, it’s the entire lab that is self-reproducing, not just one machine. (Lots of work happening in Open Source Ecology (OSE). OSE wiki is documenting the testing of the Global Village Construction Set)
- It brings Rep Lab back home, because it’s a part of CBA, and CBA invented Fab Lab.
- MIT is Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
- CBA is Centre for Bits and Atoms … the people who invented Fab Lab
- MTM is Machines That Make
Some interesting links:
- MTM Snap: Snap-Together Desktop CNC Milling Machine: Introduction and video.
- Building the DIY Snap-Together Desktop CNC Milling Machine
- Introduction to the five focus areas of Fab-in-a-Box
- The Fab-in-a-Box framework
- MultiFab: A multipurpose computer-controlled fabrication machine
- Kokompe: Software for Machines that Make