The low cost gantry router was created with help from a Kickstarter campaign, which hit its $20,000 goal late last July. As promised, Sher has open sourced the project, and interested parties can download the design plans to create their own Kikori at home -- or, for $4,000, you can pick up a kit with most of the pieces (sans table, router and computer) from his site. The Kikori is a CNC (computer numerical control) router, controlled by designs created on a connected PC, capable of maintaining accuracy within 1/32 of an inch when plowing through plywood. And, as you can see in the above video, it does so pretty quickly as Sher recreates our logo on a small sheet of wood.
It can tackle much larger products, with a cutting area of 90″ by 50″ by 6.5″. Sher has also set up his own Kikori to interface with a Wiimote, moving the gantry back and forth with the motion controller. Even cooler, is the prospect of self-replication -- the Kikori is capable of building its own parts -- in fact, the gantry on top of the unit in Sher's cube was build using an older model. The creator assured us that he's built a "fail-safe" into the design, however, explaining that while it can self-replicate, it can't yet self-assemble, so the streets of Somerville shouldn't be overrun by killer Kikori any time soon.
Sher's army of creations goes well beyond plywood signs. The above balisong screwdriver -- sort of a butterfly knife for handymen -- was one of the cooler products we saw floating around his cube. You can get more information on the Kikori -- and plans to make your own -- in the source link below.