JOYN MACHINE is following an “all-in-one concept” covering the entire production chain from designing a wooden structure, to processing the raw material (wooden slats), to manufacturing the wooden parts that can then be assembled into the designed structure.
The idea of providing one tool that combines all these skills is achieved by closely linking software and hardware components, but also by the construction of the hardware itself: With a weight of about 100 kg, JOYN MACHINE is portable. At the core, it is a three-axis milling machine with a rolling conveyor for the y-axis positioning the wooden slats, including mechatronic, automatic calibration. In practice this means that the user will take a wooden slat and “feed” it to the machine which then does all the rest.
The milling-engine has a power-output of 1 kw and can use milling-tools with an operating width from 6 to 12 mm. The machine is completely cased-in to protect the user from noise and it has a built-in solution for the extraction of waste using an external heavy-duty vacuum cleaner.
The machine uses a bespoke motion controller circuit board and generally features fully integrated electronics. On the software side, the focus is clearly on user-centricity and “app-like” interaction and the possibility to control the machine via a built-in tablet computer - including live video of the milling process from the inside of the the machine.
JOYN MACHINE is part of our broader vision. We believe in a future that allows people and machines (plus digital fabrication tools) to cooperate and thereby produce and “materialize” many things they need themselves - regardless of whether this is done at home or in a mobile manner. JOYN MACHINE is one of several projects worldwide that embrace this approach. We are very eager to explore a world where many people have access to our tool and to the necessary raw material - wood.