A new robot carpenter has been unveiled by MIT researchers this week taking the form of Autosaw, which has been designed to help minimise injury to carpenters and allow them to focus on design and other “big picture tasks”. AutoSaw has been created by a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and enables users to choose from a range of carpenter-designed templates for chairs, desks, and other furniture. Check out the demonstration video below to learn more about the robot-assisted carpentry process.
The team have used a specially modified Roomba robot to create AutoSaw which draws on expert knowledge for designing, and robotics for the riskier cutting tasks associated with carpentry. The Autosaw Robot carpenter utilises the existing CAD system OnShape together with an interface of design templates.
Users can also customise their furniture depending on the aesthetic’s, size and strength required. Once the design is finalised, it’s sent to the robot carpenter for manipulation and cutting using either chop saw or jigsaw. Jeffrey Lipton, who was a lead author on a related paper about the system explains more. “If you’re building a deck, you have to cut large sections of lumber to length, and that’s often done on site. Every time you put a hand near a blade, you’re at risk. To avoid that, we’ve largely automated the process using a chop-saw and jigsaw.”
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