We present M.Sketch, a prototyping tool to support non-experts in designing and building a linkage-based mechanism. It enables users to rapidly create the mechanism by blending bottom-up (drawing linkages) and top-down (optimizing movement path) approaches. The resulting movement can be reviewed on the fly in a 3D space. Functions for digital fabrication with laser cutting and modular kits allow users to easily and effectively transform the designed mechanism into a physical model. M.Sketch can be used for technical non-experts to prototype initial models of smart product, robots, toys, and kinetic sculptures.
SPTLD, Sep 17-18, 2018, Xi'an, China | KSDS 2016, May 21, 2016, Seoul, Korea
UIST 2016, Oct 16-19, 2016, Tokyo, Japan
Mechanism design; linkage-based mechanism; prototyping tool; computational design; digital fabrication