There are a million ways to build a chair or an abstract sculpture, but few that use an industrial-grade robot, and even fewer that let you design your masterpiece from the comfort of your browser. ROBOCHOP is a large-scale installation that combines a web-based 3D sculpture tool with an adaptive, specially-coded chopping arm that lets you “make anything,” co-creator Clemens Weisshaar, 1/2 of Kram/Weisshaar (with Reed Kram) told Wallpaper*.
The project puts the articulating robotic arm at the disposal of anyone with access to the ROBOCHOP site. “From traffic to industry to the home we are already surrounded by a massive number of connected devices,” Kram/Weisshaar explained to The Creators Project. “As the communication between all of these is being streamlined there is huge potential that is yet to be unleashed.” Thus, over the course of March 16-20 at Code_n in Hanover, the duo will be putting these possibilities to the test by feeding crowd-created designs to the robot, which will quickly and easily carve them out of 2,000 foam blocks using a red-hot wire.