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Facade-Printing Robot

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No longer limited to highly controlled fabrication facilities, computer automated production continues to expand in scale and adaptability. A compelling example is a new robot-driven painting process designed for use on building façades. Made of  a modified paintball gun or “air pressure printhead” and a dual axis turntable, the “printer” paints murals by shooting colored balls at 200 km/h at a rate of five balls per second. Driven by a computer running custom software, the Facadeprinter can paint façades from a distance of 12 meters up to a height of 8 meters.

Depending on the type of paint used, murals can be programmed to last only a few hours or up to many months. Graffiti artists will no doubt appreciate this new invention, which could also be used in more serious capacities—such as tagging structures during a disaster relief scenario with more visible information. The aesthetic effect produced by the paint-shooting robot is also particularly striking. Urban pointillism, anyone?



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  • Posted by: refurbish print head | Time: 4:56 AM Thursday, February 10, 2011

    This paintball looks cool.

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  • Posted by: Anonymous | Time: 4:44 AM Friday, August 13, 2010

    This is so Cool Painball Mural Machine!! ecs.tumblr.com

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  • Posted by: Anonymous | Time: 5:41 PM Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    those new t the blogosphere would miss that the bolded term "robot-driven painting process" is a link. go for it and see http://www.abitare.it/highlights/facade-printer/

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  • Posted by: Anonymous | Time: 4:43 PM Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Am I missing a company name or contact name for this system? Is there a website? JD Carling

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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.