Modular machine tool
Modular machine tool based on Mobot modules
There is a growing trend towards downsizing of machine tools to produce small parts. The desktop machine concept is suitable for workshops, Do It Yourself users and remanufacturing facilities in rural areas or developing countries. A senior undergraduate student engineering team was tasked to design and develop a desktop and multipurpose machine for outer diameter grinding and freeform grinding. The challenge for the students was to develop the grinding machine with a limited budget, but with high flexibility and modularity. We chose to base the whole system on Barobo's I and L mobot modules.