The FreeD - A handheld digital milling device for craft and fabrication

Amit Zoran*, Joseph A. Paradiso

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We present an approach to combine digital fabrication and craft that is focused on a new fabrication experience. The FreeD is a hand-held, digitally controlled, milling device. It is guided and monitored by a computer while still preserving gestural freedom. The computer intervenes only when the milling bit approaches the 3D model, which was designed beforehand, either by slowing down the spindle's speed or by drawing back the shaft. The rest of the time it allows complete freedom, allowing the user to manipulate and shape the work in any creative way. We believe The FreeD will enable a designer to move in between the straight boundaries of established CAD systems and the free expression of handcraft.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAdjunct Proceedings of the 25th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST'12
Pages3-4
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event25th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2012 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 7 Oct 201210 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameAdjunct Proceedings of the 25th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST'12

Conference

Conference25th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period7/10/1210/10/12

Keywords

  • Computer-aided Design (CAD)
  • Milling

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