Sunday, 22 August 2010
This video shows what happens when Nvidia give money to Mythbusters to make a hyper version of a paintball printer in 2009.
Recently I saw the Facadeprinter (shown below), created by Berlin based design group Sonice Development GmbH, consisting of Martin Fussenegger, Michael Sebastian Haas and Julian Adenauer.
“The Facadeprinter is a simple, software controlled robot. It consists of a two axis turn table and an airpressure printhead. The printer shoots the artwork from a distanced position dot by dot onto the chosen area.”
According to their history page, the project started out in 2004 as a project in their studies at HfG Karlsruhe. So lets just agree that great minds think alike.
What the guys have done with this is create a really great packaged ‘product’. Something that is portable and easy to use…
“The printer is equipped with an industrial PC which is running the specially programmed printing software. The machine is operated by touchscreen. Artworks can be loaded from USB-devices in the file format SVG. With an integrated camera photos of the printing area can be taken and overlayered with a printing preview. This way position and scaling can be adjusted optimally on site. The distance to the wall is measured by infrared-meter and entered manually. The printing software calculates the driving coordinates regarding both the perspective and the ballistic distortion. ”
Right now for events and live events, but could work for crisis situations, as shown in this concept, highlighting aid or fresh water areas in earthquake hit towns.
Nice work guys.