I made a hair cutting machine
Stuff Made Here
My hair is getting too long so I decided to build a robot to cut it for me. To support future projects like this check out my patreon: patreon.com/stuffmadehere
Check out the SMH subreddit: tinyurl.com/smhere
The possibilities for this kind machine are endless with the most interesting things being haircuts that are too hard for human hair cutters to achieve. Imagine a mathematically perfect fade from one side of your head to another. Or imagine if I added a trimmer to this and cutting perfect lithopane pattern into your hair. I consider this the first generation machine and hope to build another to explore some of the crazier haircut concepts. A colleague suggested adding a precision hair dying attachment and doing some crazy multi-color hair styles. I wouldn't say that's really "my jam" but I might try it in the name of science & engineering.
This isn't just limited to humans either. Imagine sticking a poodle in this or making a bigger one to create topiaries. Lots of fun ideas....
Parts used in this build:
Giant bearing: amzn.to/30aIFJE
Super long shop vac hose: amzn.to/3espyjm
Intel real sense depth camera: amzn.to/3h932hB
Teensy 3.6: amzn.to/3hLjANK
Leadscrew stepper: amzn.to/3eejpIq
Stepper drivers: amzn.to/2Yham3M
Wheels to make extrusion gantry: amzn.to/2Wc2S0L
High torque servos: amzn.to/32gFG56
Servo ball joints: amzn.to/2ZpZWPU
Aluminum servo horns: amzn.to/32h5fmU
Mini scissors: amzn.to/2Wc2VJZ
Super tough wigs: amzn.to/3ftPNHx
Foam head: amzn.to/2DGNByD
Books that I've read to learn many of the skills used in this project:
Real time collision detection: amzn.to/35iUr7i
Introduction to algorithims: amzn.to/2yUUSIN
Planning algorithims: amzn.to/2Smavj9
Statistics: amzn.to/2zIlywI
Computational geometry: amzn.to/3cZ7YmR
Other tools and things that I think are great:
Wera allen keys 1000x better than el cheapos: amzn.to/2KlCb36
Wera allen keys (english): amzn.to/2RQUxNG
Cordless angle grinder - this thing will change your life: amzn.to/3cxrDdy
Dropped off ladder 20x and still going strong: amzn.to/2wO855g
Wera allen keys 1000x better than el cheapos: amzn.to/2KlCb36
Wera allen keys (english): amzn.to/2RQUxNG
Vise brake (highly recommend): amzn.to/3akCkhZ
20 ton press brake kit: amzn.to/2xw4fhL
Hypertherm powermax 45xp with machine torch: amzn.to/2zfoyAv
Hypertherm fine cut consumables (great for sheet metal) amzn.to/34SjMom
The best marker ever. Always in my pocket: amzn.to/3ewHGtL

Commenti: 14 365
  • Stuff Made Here
    Stuff Made Here

    If I build a version 2, what features should I add? I really like the idea of adding a trimmer to cut an intricate pattern that would be impossible for a human to do.

    • Chiweta Aninye
      Chiweta Aninye

      I would love to try this out with my Afro.

    • Robert Taylor
      Robert Taylor

      Are those hairdressing scissors? They look kinda like paper cutting scissors to me. Assuming you want to use scissors at all next time.

    • kek sipeo
      kek sipeo

      Is it possible to shild the face from a hair-line vacume and is when kinetic cutting combs move in and angulate accordingly.

    • VHS - Video History Shows
      VHS - Video History Shows

      How about carving the ITmores logo in your hair? ;)

    • Jose Refe
      Jose Refe

      I had a similar concept before using CNC but this one is missing one equipment... a STATIC GENERATOR.

  • Nadin Ibrahim
    Nadin Ibrahim

    This is kinda unreal. Like the fact that he engineered and programmed all this by himself! You are amazing!

    • Bill A
      Bill A

      He should patent it and put a bunch of barbers out of biz. lol

    • XERI

      @Flying Eekhoorn well it was some nice side information i didnt know he breaked it down in some sentences

    • prum chhangsreng
      prum chhangsreng

      @Mahmoud Yahya first dont get off topic. He doesnt care about commercialized it, he only doing it for content and for fun and creating new thing. And ur comment is completely pointless. Thats literally everything else. U need money, skill, internet and time. Thats literally for anything. But how far a person can go with those resource is what make them amazing and impressive. This guy can do mechanical engineer, software engineer and even data science relating to deep learning, machine learning. He know alot and its impressive. What is ur point of the ur comment anyway? The original comment is impress about the guy talent, and are u denying that the guy is not impressive? What even is the point of ur comment

  • Johan

    "It was really sad, my dog died." "Oh wow, cool." Just like a real hairdresser

    • Cowboy Jojo’s Adventures
      Cowboy Jojo’s Adventures

      I believe we have more empathy than a robot 🤖 😂

  • Zachary Nolan
    Zachary Nolan

    Can we please appreciate him giving the robot the ability to ask how you’re doing only to respond with a disingenuous and uninterested “oh wow so cool”. I love it. The realism

  • reingp

    I still can't wrap my head around the idea that you make all of these inventions by yourself. You're skilled in so many different areas, it's pretty unbelievable.

    • Craig Armstrong
      Craig Armstrong

      @tay w okay, if you say so.

    • tay w
      tay w

      @Craig Armstrong It absolutely is true, i mean when i was in college pretty much anyone in the graduate engineering program could craft these things, hes not inventing anything hes just putting things together that have already been invented, which is what engineers do

    • Craig Armstrong
      Craig Armstrong

      @tay w That is absolutely not true

    • Casper Perez
      Casper Perez

      Sale me one I got barber shop I need some back up I can go over it and do the clean up

    • tay w
      tay w

      most of these things he creates is just a combination of college level mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, impressive, but there are quite a lot of people with these skills

  • Jonathan 'Ferg' Luis-Jorge
    Jonathan 'Ferg' Luis-Jorge

    my man does more work on one video than I'll ever do on my master's thesis. legend

  • Александр Багмутов
    Александр Багмутов

    It seems nobody realizes how incredible of an engineering achievement this is! He's a genius.

    • what

      @Dharok makes me firmly believe that history revolutions and technology innovations mostly always lead and realize by several elite geniuses. Most human beings just in place of numbers if not hindering back progress.

    • Varp

      Is this an unpopular opinion?

    • u7

      and also sacrifice his hair LOL

  • Sanchari Das
    Sanchari Das

    can we take a moment to appreciate how smooth he is making the tiniest things clear and easy beside building it?

  • Fatih Güneş
    Fatih Güneş

    This idea was turning around in my head for the last few years. I am so glad to see you made it. Have you thought of a design that putting a shaving machine like apparatus 1cm inside the vacuum hose? That would eliminate all these peoples fears about loosing their ears!

    • Veronica Starre
      Veronica Starre

      @Brian Lynn no he’s thinking of designing the suck cut from Wayne’s world 😂

  • Troy Teixeira
    Troy Teixeira

    Great job. I'm impressed with the idea, the effort, and your prototype.

  • Jordan Holland
    Jordan Holland

    You and colinfurze are amazing! The amount of resources you guys have to implement these designs is wicked. Oh and also Pablo Cimadevila

  • Chandler Morris
    Chandler Morris

    He seems to be worried it would mess up his hair I would be worried that it would cut off my ear.

    • Logan Tallmadge
      Logan Tallmadge

      Yeah…or gouge my eye out! Having a good haircut would be the least of my concerns

    • Patrick Jones
      Patrick Jones

      I was thinking... about how he should be wearing some sort of eye protection...

    • Softan J
      Softan J

      The hair you could just shave off if the haircut is shit, an ear tends to grow back slower. So ye it makes sense to be more worried about losing an ear.

    • Rombout Versluijs
      Rombout Versluijs

      id worry more about pokingn out my eyes

  • Bailey Smith
    Bailey Smith

    Hey man, I'm an engineering student and love your videos! You put a-lot of faith in this thing, wouldn't it have been more comforting to have a kill switch by your feet/hands?!

  • Dheekshitha Thaduri
    Dheekshitha Thaduri

    This is really fascinating. You work really hard and im starting to like your work. Subscribed!

  • Thomas Kolb
    Thomas Kolb

    Inventor: "This here robot will cut every kind of haircut you want!" Customer: "But hey, not everybody has the same head shape." Inventor: "After their first visit, they will."

  • Jorge Baez
    Jorge Baez

    My wife is a hairdresser and I think you are on to something big. You still have a little ways to go but this is a great start. Just imagine robotic haircut booths at malls 5 years from now. Version 2 please!

  • Katt

    This guy trusts this robot more than I trust my self with anything.

    • Katt

      @KittyCola 99 o yeah

    • KittyCola 99
      KittyCola 99

      Domino's Pizza Miku ^_^

    • 𝙧𝙟

      @RAAFIL 2524_ LOL

    • RAAFIL 2524_
      RAAFIL 2524_

      That's sad..

    • Raphaël Nej
      Raphaël Nej

      it is not easy to trust yourself just enough to be confident when you are right and doubting when you are wrong but it is in the range of achievable

  • Ashain de silva
    Ashain de silva

    dude, the work u do is amazing. it's brilliant. keep up the invention work

  • Christian H.
    Christian H.

    Aside from the areas it wasn’t able to get to, I’m amazed how even and clean it cut. Great job!

  • Ruby Firefly
    Ruby Firefly

    Absolutely genius. Fascinating to watch your creation process.

  • Guts and Grit TV
    Guts and Grit TV

    There is no way I'm letting a bot cut my hair. But it's still so cool you made that and there's definitely a market for this. Brilliant!

  • BC1

    can't believe a teen made all this himself, so impressive

    • Noct

      Can't believe the amount of people that got rtwoooshed in this reply section-

    • IAMMT

      AND he has a wife... like WOW

    • new reast
      new reast

      and....he's got a wife too!!! o tempora! o mores!

    • Deleted

      Man he has wife 😂😂 I know he looks like 18 24 year old 😂😂

    • Zefd

      @potato tots r/Wooosh!

  • B33ker49 B33ker49
    B33ker49 B33ker49

    idk I'd have felt safer in there with eye protection 😂 completely insane build though nice one :)

  • Thad Grace
    Thad Grace

    I have actually been working on a concept sorta like this. I’m a hairdresser with 32 years experience in business and the art of hairdressing and am looking to speak to someone like you to brainstorm some ideas. Let me know if you are interested in taking this project to higher levels!

  • Nicola Berry
    Nicola Berry

    Robot cuts his ear off: Him in a monotone voice: *So the robot did fairly well, it did attempt to trim the length of my ear so now I have to reprogram it but all in all not bad stuff.*

    • James Bozin
      James Bozin

      Its ok, it'll grow back. All it takes is time.

    • Jim Halpert
      Jim Halpert

      Good for him, he can make a better ear for himself. He knows that and hence, no worries.

  • Inanis Neminem
    Inanis Neminem

    First video I watched in this channel and I immediately became a fan. The second video I watched was V2 and he became my favorite youtuber. Great content, presentation and humor. Keep it up!!!

  • Mike O'Brien
    Mike O'Brien

    How does this guy only have 250k subs??? Keep up the work my dude. You'll be at a million in no time

    • Gris Chad
      Gris Chad

      kinda amazing that he got to 3.5 Mil in a year and a half

    • NickIzAnewb

      He's at 3 MILLION now!

    • Jordi D
      Jordi D


    • John Doe
      John Doe

      2.94M and counting

    • Potato

      2.6 mil now

  • Pink Queens Legacy
    Pink Queens Legacy

    This is brilliant 😍 good job

  • 101perspective

    This reminds me of those old vacuum hair cutters from way back... I think it was around the 80s. I think they still sell them. Yours does more of the work though. Plus, yours gives more of the barbershop experience of having your hair "combed", etc.

  • Samaire October
    Samaire October

    I admire your ingenuity, keep trying, most inventors have to test many times before they can perfect anything.

  • Abhay Awasthi
    Abhay Awasthi

    You r brilliant. It's not everyone's cup of tea to has knowledge of each field of engineering like electronics, mechanical, programming.

  • monish koka
    monish koka

    Imagine it grabbing your ear and cut it off . He’s gonna be like “damn another bug to fix “

    • Nifty 50
      Nifty 50

      What if he decides to cut his pub hair with that

    • Zereze

      @Laurin Neff laughing my ear off 0.0

    • GianZ73

      He could just name it the "Van Gogh cut" and leave the rest to the ITmores algorithm.

    • Philippe Vanagt
      Philippe Vanagt

      that's what Van Gogh said ..

  • Philip A Covington
    Philip A Covington

    I remember this guy I worked with back in the early 1980's. We all thought he was kind of a nut, but he would tell anyone who would listen about this robotic hair cutting machine he invented. From the looks of his hair, I don't think it worked very well... He also talked about an invention of his (his name was Ray), which he said was a radio wave laser driven by a two-phase power source. We called it the "RAYZER-TWO-PHASER". LOL.

  • leo hippochin
    leo hippochin

    This is amazing!! I hope this thing can eventually be developped to be a comercial product that we can just stick our head into a machine and then get whatever hair style we want with a really cheap price!

    • Hotlux666

      many people would loose they're jobs

  • Nico's Projects
    Nico's Projects

    Unbelievable - as an engineer I know, how much work an engineering a project like this is. GERAT JOB MAN!!!!! Best regards from Germany Nico from Nico's Projects

  • camila guillén
    camila guillén

    he did not only build it but he also programmed all by himself, teach himself how to cut hair and then thought of a safety way for the robot to cut hair

  • Sam Madani
    Sam Madani

    Do you realize you’re probably the first person in human history to get a haircut by a robot ?

    • Lola La Trailera
      Lola La Trailera

      Hair cut? 😂

    • Jomonger

      No he is not

    • David Mulder
      David Mulder

      @IndigoGollum Example from 2012: phys.org/news/2012-03-iais-military-robot-barber-charity.html and there are even older simpler ones.

    • IndigoGollum

      @David Mulder When was this?

    • Nitro

      The first person died in the attempt

  • SiljCBcnr

    The fact that he doesn't wear protective glasses while a robot with scissors is moving around his head really shows his confidence in his engineering abilities..

  • Jose Refe
    Jose Refe

    I had a similar concept before using CNC but this one is missing one equipment... a STATIC GENERATOR.

  • tolvajkergetok

    There's a Cold War era joke about this! An American and a Soviet general meet and brag about their latest technology. The Soviet says: "In the Soviet army we use robots to cut the hair of conscripts! They walk in, put their heads into a dome, it takes just ten seconds, and they're done!" "Wow, that's amazing. But people don't have identically shaped heads, do they?" "Well, initially they don't."

    • Miss Understood
      Miss Understood


    • Serevin Vukele
      Serevin Vukele

      Russian humour.

  • Toni Reviews
    Toni Reviews

    This is soooo brilliant. I was laughinng so hard... Not only a fantastic invention, but the comedy was great too. Well done!

  • Daniel Cavalcanti
    Daniel Cavalcanti

    Looks 16. Makes a robot that cuts hair. Now looks like 16 with shorter hair. Loved it.

    • Mason Davis
      Mason Davis

      bet you did bud

    • ssssSTopmotion

      *16 yr old that does weed

  • Sammy Gee
    Sammy Gee

    When you said "Cut around my ear" I shrieked like a demon. You've helped me discover a whole new phobia: robots cutting my ears off with scissors.

  • Marcus Niemann
    Marcus Niemann

    wow, great work!! however, at first glance, it looked like a very sophisticated, state-of-the-art guillotine:)

  • Jordan Holland
    Jordan Holland

    I don't know how you come up with these ideas. This is ingenious!

  • TorQueMoD

    You made this thing cut your head with scissors. You're the bravest engineer in the world. I'd have been terrified it was gonna cut my ears off the whole time.

    • Franz Liszt
      Franz Liszt

      Look at his face as he’s getting it cut lol he looks petrified

  • Stéfano Mastella
    Stéfano Mastella

    I can't believe this guy is real, it's like he's from a movie

    • Simon Dever
      Simon Dever

      He’s like the uncle who takes you more places than your parents

    • AFPV

      Yeah, definitely Rick Moranis, from Honey I Shrunk The Kids.

    • Tomás Ó Treasaigh
      Tomás Ó Treasaigh

      @Jimmy Luffnin Btw Its 'Jimmy Loughnan". Look. The bloke's been me best mate since 1975. We've had our fallouts from time to time, it's no big deal. Y'know, it's like... if ya mum stabs ya, whaddya do? Y-ya don't get upset. Ya don't get angry, ya go, "Shit, mum's stabbed me, I better get off to the hospital."

  • Khan Industries
    Khan Industries

    Incredible idea. Imagine a refined version of this. It would become a standard appliance in every bathroom.

  • Katinas Felixas
    Katinas Felixas

    Great job man, amazing stuff to watch, but this might kill barber profession in our future :(

  • nsbhater

    Woaw - you are so talented!💪 Very innovative👏👏👏

  • trardac

    I drew a rough prototype of this project in middle school about 12 years ago for a class. Weird to see years later someone actually did it and youtube recommended it to me.

  • Jackson Meyer
    Jackson Meyer

    I really admire this guy: he’s doing stuff so above most people’s heads (including mine) hardware and software engineer + construction and fabricator and other skills.... I mean the dude is a man all around genius engineer

    • mikey freeman
      mikey freeman

      Really? "Above peoples heads" don't tell me that pun was unintentional

    • TheREALHelly

      @Adorbs, Totes Adorbs. Somebody's jealous they don't have a robotic mullet.

    • Skarscat

      Adorbs, Totes Adorbs. Well yes, but come on, it’s a free haircut (Not including the money he spent making it)

    • Adorbs, Totes Adorbs.
      Adorbs, Totes Adorbs.

      Not really, dude has a mullet. Nothing genius about that.

  • Myriam

    This is beyond amazing!

  • Jonathan Breitman
    Jonathan Breitman

    it's funny how he designed and built this incredible machine, but couldn't find sharper scissors to test on the fake hair

  • Es war einmal...
    Es war einmal...

    I would totally freak out sitting there with that machine :)

  • Fred Fleming
    Fred Fleming

    I can just see your wife being asked “what does your husband do” and her answering “he works on CUTTING-EDGE technology”. 😂😂😂

  • Cookie Cutter
    Cookie Cutter

    This is impressive, what do I need to do to fly out and try it?

  • AJaXX's AnTHEm
    AJaXX's AnTHEm

    In this case, I believe that the robot should see what you see on a camera with zoom capabilities where the robot would respond appropriately to what you see on a 360 degree camera surround camera in theory. But, what you've done is amazing.

  • Ife Mosuro
    Ife Mosuro

    You're so talented and smart! This is so impressive

  • ThisIsChris

    This is freaking incredible!

  • Fellita Atmadjaja
    Fellita Atmadjaja

    Hey man, keep improving this machine. This could be a million dollar idea!

  • VHS - Video History Shows
    VHS - Video History Shows

    Amazing. better than my haircutter can do!

  • Muhammad Dahsyat Aulia
    Muhammad Dahsyat Aulia

    Genius!!!!! Go ahead, love this passion

  • Jan Derrick Fernandez
    Jan Derrick Fernandez

    This is literally my childhood shower thoughts come true. So unreal. Genius!

  • Suzanne Szárai
    Suzanne Szárai

    Wow! I am waiting for a machine that curls my hair.

  • Bradley Mauger
    Bradley Mauger

    How you do this without a team of 40 people I’ll never know. Keep up the great work!

  • Irene Anousaki
    Irene Anousaki

    Would it be possible to have preset hairstyles (how the machine needs to move in order to produce the desired outcome, as a printer would do) and then you would take a photo of each person to see what their head shape is and microadjust the machine accordingly?

  • ranman

    i was just thinking of this same concept. great job! patent it now

  • Barefoot

    "I was terrified of it ruining my hair." Yeah. _That's_ what to be terrified of. Not that it'll cut off an ear, or gouge out an eye, or scalp you. You should definitely be scared of the temporary thing that grows back and can even be fixed... yep.

  • SpicyRamen

    This is just a diversion. He built a time machine secretly when he was finishing this project.

  • AP

    I'm an engineer, and I've got to say, "DUDE, YOU'RE A FREAKING GENIUS!" Who would be smart enough to come up with a plan to design a robot stylist, build the robot, and then execute the cut? NOBODY!

    • Hehe

      @yeetice isn’t he married at 14, such blossoming love.

    • Ash

      @Andrew Stalnaker he ain't no 16 year old. Dudes full grown up man in his 30s.

    • Catnip

      smart is interchangeable with crazy

    • Abdullah Al-Farra
      Abdullah Al-Farra

      @Andrew Stalnaker 🤣

    • Me gusta el pan
      Me gusta el pan

      I think I'm not smart enough to grasp how smart he is, I know he is, but it's like when someone tells you the amount of atoms in the universe. The number gets so big that you just stop processing it.

  • Frosty the Snowman
    Frosty the Snowman

    10:25 😂 I laughed so much at this sequence, one of the best things I've ever seen lol

  • bfjb70

    So he has to build another robot to fix the first incompetent robots work. I'm secretly delighted it's this hard to get right.

  • Fred Hubbard
    Fred Hubbard

    She did a nice job. You would have saved a lot of time going to her in the first place.

  • Jose Refe
    Jose Refe

    I had a similar concept many years ago using CNC but the feature you should add is a STATIC GENERATOR.STATIC GENERATOR

  • BAM5

    "I'd pay $5 for this haircut" Actually paid like $500 for all the hardware & raw materials and spent probably thousands of dollars in his time on developing the control software & assembly.

    • Danny Helser
      Danny Helser

      Right but did he get a haircut or did he get a haircut and a robot that cuts hair?

    • Tool Jockey
      Tool Jockey

      Nobody is mentioning the revenue and advertising made form the video that definitely does make it worth while??

    • Cortez

      Probably around $20k in total for all that work/hardware as is now and it can't actually even give a $5 haircut. Some barbers in the more "rural" areas give amazing $5 haircuts...so maybe that's a silicone valley $5 cut, here that's more like a 10 year old cutting hair for the first time as a joke.

    • Feruz Mullakhanov
      Feruz Mullakhanov

      be a greattt investment since he can tweak to make perfect

    • Michael Holst
      Michael Holst

      Then he only needs to get his hair cut 100 times to make it worth it 🤣

  • mitush chaudhary
    mitush chaudhary

    Hi I am really impressed with your ideas and improvisation. I have a child who is special needs child, I have a prosthetic in mind which if can be made will help him and several others to improve their life . Please let me know if you would like to hear further on this.

  • TheBlvision

    The fact that I still see your face intact proves that this actually work. What a magic!

  • Chris & Dawn
    Chris & Dawn

    I can only dream to have the social skills of this robot

  • Елизавета Перерва
    Елизавета Перерва

    That feeling when you hate socializing with hairdressers so much that you build a robot to cut your hair at home...