Thursday, November 20, 2008

BuildPlate Processing Machine

Of all the ideas I've nurtured through the hobby robotics side of Phenostream, the BuildPlate Processing Machine shines brightest and is the one that really ties everything together. A low-cost fabricator that produces aluminum structures from SketchUp models - very cool.

Supporting this nifty little machine is a SketchUp plug-in and a web-app. The PhenoStruct Plug-in (PSP) provides modeling support for BuildPlates and compatible components, output to the BPM, and a purchasing feature that works with the Modelers Market web-app.

The upshot of all this is that you can design everything from sculptures to suspension bridges, mini-bots to incredible machines, have the structural components (BuildPlates) instantly fabricated and what ever other things you need sent to you within 3 business days.