Entry Date:
May 3, 2013

Fab Modules: Software to Run Any Fab Lab Machine

Principal Investigator Neil Gershenfeld

Project Website http://kokompe.cba.mit.edu/

The kokompe software, the software for machiens that make themselves, other machines and 3D objects, provides the full software stack from a user interface for designing 3D objects to a set of instructions for driving computer controlled machines. It has been designed along with the Machines That Make Machines (MTM) project, to work with this class of machines.

The kokompe suite of software tools makes it easy to design, build and control MTM machines, which allow you to build and reproduce real world 3D objects. The MTM machines have been used to make circuit boards, to mill wax molds, to make wooden toys, to build plastic parts, and to make other MTM machines.

The kokompe project provides a set of software tools for personal fabrication, intended for use with machines common to fab labs. It includes:

(*) Tools to design 2D and 3D objects
(*) Functions to generate 2D and 3D toolpaths
(*) GUIs workflow from design files to machine commands

It's also the software platform for MTM machines.