Designing custom furniture can be something incredibly rewarding and also extremely dangerous, but MIT's AutoSaw system lets DIY furniture crafters build and design in a safe and easy way. The awesome robot was created and conceptualized by MIT's CSAIL in an attempt to remove the hard work and danger from furniture building, and to automate the process of making custom furniture.
The process of using the AutoSaw system begins with designing the furniture in OnShape's easy-to-use CAD system. After that, modified robots cut the individual parts for the furniture. The system still requires users to assemble the final product, but the software will guide users through the process.
The ultimate goal of the AutoSaw system is to democratize custom furniture building. While CNC machines are currently available and do make custom pieces of furniture, they require a large amount of space, are fixed devices and feature limits on what can be produced. The AutoSaw provides much more flexibility, keeps cost down and allows users to create in smaller spaces.