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Photos: The robot sculptor that's yours to command

An installation on show at CeBIT in Hannover lets people use an app to design 3D objects and have them carved by an industrial robot arm.
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Topic: CEBIT
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1 of 6 Image: GFT Group

Sliced however you like it

Fancy turning an industrial robot into your own personal sculptor? Well now you can.

The Robochop installation at the 2015 CeBIT event in Hannover, Germany gives web users control of four heavy-duty industrial robotic arms. By the end of the show these internet-connected arms will have carved 2,000 3D objects from polystyrene blocks.

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Heavy-duty sculpting

A web app allows people to design 3D objects, which will then be hewn from the 40 x 40 x 40cm blocks by the Robochop arms using a hot-wire cutting tool.

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Remote carving

The app, available via the robochop website, is designed to allow users to simply carve new objects.

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Shaping up nicely

Finished objects like the one seen here will be mailed to the designer free of charge - starting from the middle of this month.

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Armed for success

Organisers expect Robochop arms will be used to craft stools, tables and abstract objects - as seen here.

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Hot off the wire

Robochop is on show in Hall 16 at CeBIT. A demonstration of how the system works and more information is available at www.robochop.com.

The installation is being staged by the GFT Group as part of its Code_n competition.

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