The FabMo Story
Five 5 years ago, ShopBot began an ambitious project to develop a new software system to run CNC and digital fabrication tools -- computer controlled robotic tools that fashion items by subtraction cutting and machining components from blocks and sheets of material, or addition by infusing, hardening, and generally building-up items from raw material. Fifteen years previously, ShopBot had led in showing how industrial automation tools could be made affordable using the capabilities of the then new, personal computer. Today, powerful new capabilities are made available in the next generation of micro-controllers that allow putting even more capability at lower cost in the control of robotic equipment. We needed this capability for our own machines. We decided to develop it for ourselves and anyone else who wants to put the system to use. We call the system FabMo -- short for digital Fabrication and Motion software platform.
Our two challenges in digital fabrication today
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Windows XP or Vista) that you provide. In the ShopBot Control software, signals are streamed from the PC's USB port through a USB cable to the ShopBot Control Box. The Control Box is placed near the tool and provides the driving power to the motors. The Control Box also receives incoming information from other devices such as your Z-Zero.
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- Universal Serial Bus Viewer (USBView) or USBView.exe is a Windows graphical UI app that you can use to browse all USB controllers and connected USB devices on your computer. USBView works on all versions of Windows. Where to get USBView To download and use USBView, complete the following steps.
- Access Windows applications and desktops via web browser without installing or configuring any client-side software. Thinfinity Remote Desktop allows users to securely access computers from any device with an HTML5 browser. Publish your Windows Applications on the Cloud and allow your users.
- Unlock your device and connect to a PC using a USB cable (you may use the cable attached to your LG charger). Once connected, you may be prompted on your phone to select a USB connection type, select Media sync (MTP) or File Transfer.
The first challenge is the CAD to CAM workflow for generating tool-path files. The difficulty of doing CAD and CAM creates a tough hurdle, particulary for simple projects or routine work. The second challenge is that running the files that are generated from CAM output is made complicated by proprietary or idiosyncratic tool languages and by tool interfaces having restrictive connectivity and little interoperability.
With the FabMo digital fabrication and motion platform, we introduce an approach to digital fabrication that opens new paths of use and frees access to tools. We take advantage of progress in microprocessors and microcontrollers, which now offers low-cost options for managing and driving digital fabrication equipment and inter-connecting equipment, sensors, and other data sources. The FabMo 'Engine' looks outward from a digital fab tool allowing access via wireless and wired routes, from almost any type of device, and utilizing multiple and expandable motion languages. It efficiently feeds the FabMo 'Core' -- a low-level, real-time, high-performance motion-system producing graceful fabbing action.
FabMo links a fabrication tool to apps and projects. Such apps will make content created for digital fabrication more available and customizable to users' needs. FabMo supports links for managing cloud apps, projects, galleries, and accounts.
Kinds Of Usb Devices
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Diagram of FabMo. Top line shows the general model of FabMo for digital Fabrication -- the connection from a device in the world, to a tool's motion system, and the electronic and mechanical hardware that support it. The lower portion of the diagram shows the current ShopBot/Handibot instantiation of FabMo by way of detailed example, as well as other options available to developers and OEMs.