Constructable interactive lasercutting

Putting the maker right back where the action is

Here is an interesting project that aims to address the way that CAD programs tend to remove the maker from the actual workpiece. While many of us see the hours spent staring at a screen as being a necessary step in the digital manufacturing workflow, Constructable puts the maker right back in the action.

“Constructable is an interactive drafting table that produces precise physical output in every step.”

This ongoing project from the Hasso Plattner Institute’s Human-Computer Interaction Group allows an operator to perform drafting tasks directly onto the working surface. It does this via a series of handheld lasers, using what could be seen as a physical incarnation of the familiar CAD toolbar.

The system adjusts and corrects the hand-drawn path to produce outcomes of high precision, as one would expect from a laser cutting device.

Click through for a brief clip that shows how range of objects can take form quickly and easily using Constructable.  

Constructable via NotCot

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2 Responses to “Constructable interactive lasercutting”

  1. killor Says:

    A good idea, maybe it could help alleviate both laser pointer leaving one and put a table select the functions using the laser pointer location itself.

  2. Josh Says:

    I am very very interested in any of the new technologies evolving so quickly. I was an Achitectural Engineering student on Dean’s List at a top Institute of Technology in Boston,MA.Then took Residential Design Job at a start-up in Alabama. I did very well for a 20yr old and the company was the fastest growing in its sector, throughout the U.S.for 5yrs. I then took a lunch break I, used to regret ever taking, because it changed my life and put me in bed for 4 years with a cage holding my spine together and a TBI. However, now 33yrs of age and disabled. I wouldn’t change what happened. I lost my memory and have been diagnosed with bi-frontal brain atrophy and other brain damage, but you’d never know anything was wrong with me if you meant me.I’ve lossed many engineering lessons and design programs I once knew so well, however, my motto since high school has been ” NEVER GIVE UP” and I live by that to this day. I grew up in a town in Maine with 800 people. My dream has been to do what I love and always improve myself so I can improve those lives around me. This has grown even stonger since my accident that faithful day.I have no wife no children and only dream for someone to give me the opportunity to get back into what I love. Designing, Creating, thinking outside the box. The disability community alone has so many opportunities for growth in newly designed devices and surroundings. If I ever am fortunate enough, financially, I wish to give those types of things back to my small community in Maine, so they too may learn to grow and about whats available out in our amazing world. Please contact me if you or anyone you know is willing to mentor me and help me get back to the top. My work ethic should not be in question after teaching myself to walk talk and live again! I know that I am special, I know I have much too offer, I also know nothing is done alone, with one mind, one person. I’ll be happy to relocate anywhere. If you’d like my resume, please ask! Thank you for reading this and thank you for continuing to push the “boundries” like Vanderbuilt, Ford,and Rockerfeller did. It is the future of our economic growth and the beginnings of a new, level playing field for all! Thank You!