EMI: Expressive Milling Machine


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.

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