The phrase âautonomous cutting machineâ may sound like some thing out of Terminator but this smart little robot, called the Goliath COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROL, wants to help humanity, not damage it.
Created by Lorenzo Frangi, Alessandro Trifoni, and Davide Cevoli, the robot is basically the free-rolling CNC machine that can get over a surface and etch plus cut lines into many components. The machine uses a drill bit plus multi-directional wheels and can automatically gauge the size of the material youâre reducing.
The team has pre-sold over 400 machines and elevated $814, 000. It will ship this particular month. It costs $1, 850.
âGoliath CNC can be positioned directly on the work surface: this innovative mode of operation makes it a machine tool with a boundless work area because it matches the workpieceâs surface,â said Frangi. âThe user can design or download designs from online project libraries, then upload the drawing to Goliath and supervise the work progress by a computer, smartphone or tablet.â
Because the machine is transportable you can build wherever you want and also drag it to job websites where it can cut out pieces immediately. It has automatic leveling so it doesnât drill haphazardly.
âThe concept of Goliath CNC was born at the beginning of 2014 as my thesis project for the Master Degree in Design & Engineering at the Politecnico of Milano,â said Frangi. âI wished to contribute somehow to the digital fabrication toolsâ world, which together with the Maker movement pick my attention for the enthusiasm and great success reached â at least in Italy! â and especially dealing with 3D printing. I wanted to develop something able to manufacture real and quality materials, so I focused on CNC milling machines of a desktop size.â
While indeed, this robot could become self-aware and start drilling everyone in its route, itâs clear that Frangi great team have taken special care to allow the Goliath to cut down by means of materials and not give it the ability to ascend walls and zap our bodiesâ? yet.