Fab by Example is a database-driven method that helps people design products made up of multiple smaller parts. Created by researchers from MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab, the database contains a collection of templates that contains all of the parts needed to fabricate an item. The designs are parametric, or able to take on an infinite number of shapes. The system also features an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that allows users to combine individual parts to build items.
Fab By Example’s sample library contains a few thousand templates for things such as cabinets, jungle gyms and go-karts, and can expand to feature anything that can be 3D Printed and assembled.
The system allows users to see the parts needed in order to construct a design, get an estimate of the total cost, and order materials through the database to be assembled later, similar to IKEA.
Fab By Example was developed by Adriana Schulz, a doctorate student in CSAIL and CSAIL postdocs David I.W. Levin and Pitchaya Sitthi-amorn. Wojciech Matusik, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and Ariel Shamir, a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel also helped develop the system. Fab By Example hasn’t been released to the public yet, and will be formally unveiled at the ACM Siggraph graphics conference in Vancouver.
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