EMI_Expressive Milling Interface

Could machines evolve into something more co-creational that gives the maker more of a sense of control? EMI will allow the artisan to combine the expressivity of hands with CNC routing. It is a touch tablet with pressure sensors that can be used as a controller for the Roland SRM-20. A matrix of 12 x 16 sensors will detect the location and the intensity of the pressure applied and will move the spindle there. The x and y-axes are mapped to the location of the finger on the tablet. The z-axis is mapped to the pressure applied. The spindle would always be spinnning at 12000 rpms and the material to be milled shuld be soft. EMI is a prototype and the first step of a much more ambitious project, that is creating an interface for refining digitally manufactured objects. Full documentation can be found on the repository.

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Final project, 4 weeks (Spring 2016); Developed individually as Final project during Fab Academy 2016, FabLab Toscana, Italy; Coached by Fiore Basile;


Interface Design, Digital Fabrication, Craftmanship, FabLab;