The FreeD: Handheld Device Allows Human-Computer Collaboration in 3D Craft

Researchers at MIT introduce the FreeD: a handheld digital milling device, which is tracked and controlled with reference to a virtual 3D model. The FreeD allows unskilled makers to produce complex carving tasks, as well as personalizing and modifying the digital 3D models while physically carving. The control software offers guidance according to static virtual models or dynamic ones, which may be altered directly or parametrically. In addition, the FreeD is also able to semi-autonomously move and carve. The FreeD contains three servo motors and one DC motor, and a motion tracking sensor and a pressure sensor.