an interactive robotic installation
for CODE_n designed by
Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram
From March 16-20, 2015 internet users and visitors to CODE_n (Hall 16) at CeBit in Hanover will be able to use an online app connected to the ROBOCHOP installation to design and fabricate a piece of furniture in real time.
The ROBOCHOP interface lets participants instruct a robotic arm to grab and sculpt a prefabricated 40 x 40 x 40cm durable foam cube using a floor mounted hot wire tool to create the object of their choice.
The pop-up robotic plant has been conceptualised, coded and built by KRAM/WEISSHAAR. ROBOCHOP features a needle gripper as the robot’s hand, coaxial cooling of the cutting wire and sensors to measure the wire’s tension and provide direct feedback to the system. This harnesses the robot’s brute force and allows it to sculpt hundreds of unique objects consecutively with elegance and precision. Once manufacturing is complete, each custom object is packaged and posted to the user anywhere in the world entirely free of charge.
ROBOCHOP envisions a not so distant future where intelligent systems empower anyone to directly engage with heavy industrial manufacturing technologies. By removing the obstacles and intermediaries in the supply chain anyone can design and produce the exact object they want.
As pioneered with their previous BREEDING TABLES project, the designers have developed an app that accounts for all variations of a production process as well as the physical limitations of the specified material. Within this range, the user is free to explore the full potential of the process to create a unique object. The system only allows viable designs to go into production but lets the user dictate the appearance and use. Stools, side tables, plinths and abstract sculptural pieces are just a few of the infinite items ROBOCHOP can produce.
The installation is commissioned by GFT Technologies AG and supported by Deutsche Messe, EY, Salesforce, Accenture, EnBW, TRUMPF and KUKA.