Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tech: Chainsaw Robot

Mataerial” is a Robot That Draws Sculptures in 3D

Mataerial is a large robotic arm capable of extruding three dimensional objects both vertically out of the ground or horizontally out of walls. Unllike 3D printers, where objects are created additively, layer by layer, Mataerial uses a thermosetting polymer that solidifies almost the instant its two components are mixed.
"One of the key innovations of anti-gravity object modelling is the use of thermosetting polymers instead of thermoplastics that are used in existing 3D printers. The material is cured because of a chemical reaction between two source components with such proportion of extrusion and movement speeds that it comes solid out of the nozzle; this feature makes it possible to print hanging curves without support material."

"MATAERIAL is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research we developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications. The method that we call Anti·gravity Object Modeling has a Patent-Pending status."

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