We are developing a revolutionary line of computer-augmented power tools, starting with a handheld CNC router. Our mission is to improve the way that craftspeople design, build, and connect with each other.

Computer Numerical Control, a technology invented at MIT in the 1950s, has transformed the way products are designed and manufactured. It enables complex shapes to be economically produced and shared across the world. However, the process of using CNC is still complex, and somehow doesn't feel human. That is where we come in. We have figured out how to blend the power of computer control with the flexibility, simplicity, and pleasure of using a hand tool. Whether you are a traditional craftsperson or a CNC guru, our tools will change the way you work.

We are fervently developing our first commercial product: a handheld CNC router. In the meantime, please find below some information about how it works and a few examples of what it can do.

Our Technology

We equip a standard handheld router with a means of knowing its precise location on a workpiece, and the ability to make corrections under computer control. The user, guided by a display, moves the tool to roughly follow a digital plan, and the tool makes minor adjustments to stay precisely on the plan. You can learn more about the operating principles of our first prototype by reading our academic paper, which was presented at SIGGRAPH 2012.

What You Can Do With It (a Small Sample...)

The examples below were all cut freehand by a novice woodworker using a prototype version of our tool.

Alec Rivers

Co-founder and Software Lead

Alec received his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 2012, where he studied Taktia's core technology as the subject of his thesis. He has significant experience in computer vision, computer graphics, sketch-based modeling, non-photorealistic rendering, and physically-based animation. Alec has been involved in the development of Taktia for the past three years.

Here is some of Alec's earlier work.

Ilan Moyer

Co-founder and Hardware Lead

Ever since his undergraduate thesis entitled "Rapid Prototyping of Rapid Prototyping Machines", Ilan has been working to make it easier for individuals to build their own digital fabrication tools. He designed the CoreXY cartesian motion system that is used in a number of 3D printers, and a modular control framework called Gestalt. Outside of academia, Ilan has interned at Apple and has worked full-time at Continuum, a global design consultancy.

Here is some of Ilan's earlier work.

Our technology has received some attention in the media. A selection of these articles are provided here for reference.

The New York Times
MIT News Office
MSNBC Future of Tech

You can contact us at info@taktia.com

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