A modular automated tool that can be easily and quickly arranged to suit specific tasks. Because of its simplified minimal design, the user can bypass complex knowledge on how CNC machines work in order for them to create their own machine. This will enable amateur hobbyists and experts alike to develop new experimentation with the tool-head, which could lead into a new exciting form of CNC machine.
Designing my own CNC machine 2 years prior, I realized that CNC technology has not been exploited to its true potentials. This was mainly because of its complex nature and steep learning curve that has scared away many creative hobbyists, and left CNC improvements to industrial companies. I looked into simplifying the complex machine as much as possible. Looking into minimal design classics, I researched Gerrit Rietveld's designs and found inspiration through its simplicity. Using two of his designs, the L 40 lamp and the Red Blue Chair, I purposely used direct influence as a respect to Rietveld's meaning of democratizing his designs; which parallels my intentions on bringing product development from the bottom-up.
Wanting to create CNC machine that was truly customizable with minimal limitations, I started by experimenting a fixed frame CNC that has some modular features, mainly moving the Z axis in two optional locations; but this still limits the user by what the design allows them to do. I decided I remove all axis movements into their own separate box units instead of putting them into a fixed frame, i which I then developed a 2nd fully functioning prototype. From there I developed my 3rd and final development design. I designed all mounting holes and all box's dimensions into a universal measurement for cheaper manufacturing costs and increased modularity. The end result gives the user mounting holes on all sides of each box unit. The user no longer will be limited by how/where pieces can be attached, they can choose any location as they see fit. As mounting holes are universal, adapters can be easily fabricated to allow upgrades and attachments making limitless possibilities.