Digitally driven manufacturing machines such as form deposition modelers, laser cutters, and computer numerically controlled hardware enable people to make things that previously required mass-production technologies. Software is a bottleneck, as today’s commercial applications for creating 3-D models to be manufactured demands considerable skill. What’s needed is design software that’s simple to use, yet powerful. And with low-cost DIY mechatronics, anyone can design and build novel machines to cut, shape, and extrude material.
1998 Sketch recognition software constructs three dimensional digital models from isometric drawings.
2006 A code-based design environment for rapid prototyping with laser cutters or 3D printers.
2006 A sketch design system helps novices construct physical furniture models using a laser cutter.
2011 Interfaces and devices that take real-time input to fabricate physical form.
2015 A novel interdisciplinary design medium enabled by recent advances in craft technologies.
2012 A sketch design tool for design for laser cutters and 3D printers, now Zotebook.