The goal of the Modular Machines that Make project is to enable people worldwide to create personal automation tools. Machines that address a particular need, personal interest, or curiosity. Our hardware and software are released under Open Source Licenses and made available online, but these projects have not yet been universally available because of limited access to hardware. Simply put, it is hard to find the same parts in different locations.
Using cardboard was our first approach at universal availability because it is at its roots a democratic material. Cardboard is cheap, recyclable, easily modified with simple tools, and available everywhere. Two problems remained with the earlier machines, they required numerous hard to find parts (shafts, bushings, etc) and the composition of cardboard around the world varies WIDELY. With Apple CNC I worked backwards; "begin with a material that is globally available then utilize a mechanism that can be made from that material alone". The Apple CNC machine coopts Apple's global supply chain and quality control strategies, to deliver a simple CNC tool worldwide.
So dig around in a dumpster or linger behind an Apple Store, there's bound to be an IMAC box ready to be reincarnated!
Follow the below instructions to make a sarrus machine. Look here to learn more about the control system, electronics, and actuators.
The Modular Machines that Make project is a collaborative project born out of the 'Machines that Make Project' inside the Center for Bits and Atoms at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Current research also sponsored by the MIT - SUTD Collaboration and International Design Center.