This post also appeared on the futurist blog io9, Art Created by Industrial Robots with Chainsaws… and Quill Pens!
Came across a link to a videos showing 6-axis industrial robot fitted wit an electric chainsaw creating 3-d sculptures, or furniture out of a solid log of wood. Check it out:
The title of the video translates as “kkaarrlls for real forrest.” Kkaarrlls is a German design studio focused on creating art in novel ways. Like giant chainsaw wielding robots.
Of course, that’s not the only robot artist. Below is a 6-axis industrial robot that uses a digital camera and white-board to create portraits.
Here’s what the ‘bot can do: With a digital camera mounted on its arm, it snaps its subject’s picture, then by using edge-processing software converts that person’s face into co-ordinates, ready to be transferred to paper. Equipped with a pencil, the robot proceeds to draw a line-based portrait. [Digital Trends]
Here’s an art project where an industrial robot wrote out the entire 66 books of The Bible in only 9 months of continuous work. I bet I could have photocopied it in half the time. Monks used to transcribe the bible by hand before the advent of printing the press. Can you imagine how long it would take a human to do this?
Industrial robots are basically robotic arms mounted to a pedistal that can do various industrial tasks such as placing parts, welding and machining.
“an automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose, manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which may be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications.” [Wikipedia]
Here’s a video that explains how a 6-axis Industrial Robot works.
And from one of my favorite shows, How It’s Made, here is how a robot arm is made.