Laser, 3D Printer, and an Onion, OH MY!

Posted by on Saturday, February 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

Laser, 3D printer, and an onion, OH MY!

I found this about a year ago and then lost the link before I could blog about it. Thankfully, the gentleman Douglas Repetto sent a link today to the Thingiverse group and now I can share this project’s beauty with you!

It’s a glorious machine that runs on very old-skool early reprap technology. Zach designed and shipped those boards two years ago. If I was an art collector or MOMA, I would buy this. It’s awesome!

This system uses lasers to scan an onion plant from one of three angles. As the plant is scanned a fuse deposition modeler in real-time creates a plastic model based on the information collected. The device repeats this process every twenty-four hours scanning from a different angle. After a new model is produced the system advances a conveyor approximately 17 inches so the cycle can repeat. The result is a series of models illustrating the growth of the plant from varying angles.

via david bowen growth modeling device movie.

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  • Rob
    February 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I love it, this is my kind of art. It also shows off two features that are on the MakerBot roadmap, a conveyer belt and 3D scanning.


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