Unthethered Robotic Printer Heads

 

Unthethered Robotic Printer Heads (RPH)(2011~)

 

A swarm of robots capable of printing/scanning in parallel over large/curved surfaces. Crawling or flying, they will facilitate printing on large urban spaces (panels, signage), as well as architectural scanning.

Korokoro: the robot pantograph (prototype of an Untethered Robotic Printer Head)

An Arduino-based holonomic robot (four omniwheels using continuous servo-motors) is used as an untethered Robotic Printer Head to resize free-hand drawings (wireless control using ZigBee). This prototype uses a single brush, but we plan to use a parallel printer head.
In the future, a swarm of these Robotic Printing Heads (RPHs) may be capable of printing/scanning in parallel over large or even curved surfaces. Crawling over paper or… flying, they will facilitate printing on large urban spaces (panels, signage), as well as architectural scanning.

Prototype developed by bachelor students, surpervised by Yoshihiro Watanabe and Cassinelli Alvaro. Teaching assistants: Takehiro Niikura
Kenichi Murakami. Students: Reiji Takeuchi, Daichi Tanaka, Masahiro Hirano, Masahiko Yasui and Chihiro Watanabe. Initial concept and hardware by Alvaro Cassinelli. Project name by Tomoko Hayashi.