Although you can order some of the 3D designs online, but to find a part or object that match exactly to your specifications is not easy, or simply not possible.
Now, a team led by researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed "Fab By Example," a data-driven method to help people design products. "Fab By Example" includes dozens of distinct template models that allow users to customize any complex items, such as cabinets, jungle gyms, and go-carts.
"When we design things on a computer, the question arises of how to manufacture them in the real world with the necessary physical parts — wood, glass, screws, hinges, bolts and all," said project lead Adriana Schulz, a PhD student in CSAIL. "For casual users, creating such a detailed model is not just time-consuming, but it's actually more or less impossible unless you know something about mechanical engineering."
Fab By Example's intuitive drag-and-drop interface lets you mix and match materials — and position, align, and connect the different parts — without worrying if the design is actually feasible.