Girish Nanda

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  1. Thank you for the thoughts on CNC thus far. There is a concept underdevelopment by an engineer at MIT that I came across for precision but which is slightly different than CNC. It would be great to get your thoughts on this idea. You use the new device not by looking down at the wood you’re cutting but by watching a video screen mounted above the power tool. There, a dot shows the position of the tool bit — just as GPS on a dashboard or a smartphone shows the position of your car on Highway 88. As soon as you put the tool on the material, it knows where it is. The screen shows you the path you are on, as well as the pattern you’re going to cut. When the bit comes within a quarter inch of the pattern, tiny motors in the device go to work, keeping the tool along its correct route. If you are straying from the path, going to the left, failing to follow the exact design the motors will shift the tool to the right to keep it on the path. All you have to do is get within the ballpark freehand.Then the tool GPS and small-scale computer adjustments guarantee a precise cut. The following is a picture of the prototype
  2. Hi guys, I appreciate the responses thus far and please keep the ideas coming. Darren66 I am including both the design / conception phase as well as the build process. I see several of you use Sketchup. Are there any other plugins that you wish were available for Sketchup to make your projects easier to execute. How could the experience be improved. What about a portable CNC machine. I was researching a new product that is on Kickstarter called the handibot. It allows for precision cutting in wood or aluminum. It can be used to cut variable size holes, custom patterns in glass or metal, it can also make beveled cuts and be used for engraving. It is also portable and work over larger work areas using jigs. Basically you set the type of material / cutting design / dimensions required on the phone / tablet and it loads on the to the machine. Then you press the start button on the machine. You can check it out at the following link. http://www.handibot.com/ Is there an interest for such a product. It would be great to hear your thoughts on this new concept. I came across it while reading the wall street journal so thought I would share it. Thanks, Girish
  3. Hi, I am a student from the University of Pennsylvania and want to understand how woodworkers are currently using technology in their creation process.This can range from looking at videos tips on thewoodwhisperer.com, to 3D design using software such as sketchup. Are there other ideas / solutions for you as woodworkers would like to see. If not ideas just knowing what some of the key frustrations are during woodworking projects would be helpful. This is for research for my innovation class