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Making a Machine that Makes Machines
CSAIL: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
May 30th, 2020
Martin Nisser, email@example.com
With the rise of 3D printing and laser cutting, the accessibility and low cost of fabrication has led to their widespread adoption across academia, industry and even households. However, these machines are generally limited to producing stationary, mono-material objects without sensors or circuitry, fundamentally limiting their functionality. If electronics could be integrated into such widespread fabrication machines, it would initiate a paradigm change allowing devices such as wearables, consumer electronics and even robots could to be created at the push of a button, drastically reducing the barrier to entry for manufacturing of smart technologies. In this project, we are developing a hardware/software platform capable of fabricating physical objects while simultaneously populating them with electronics, allowing us to fabricate interactive devices—like wearables and robots—at the push of a button. At the core of this is an interface to let users design and analyze their own custom-made devices, and for which we are seeking a talented student to help us implement.