Oribotics at Ars Electronica 2010

May 26, 2010 on 10:51 am | In Uncategorized |

It’s been a long time since I made any updates on this blog. I’ve got some good news. My current generation of oribots, that are very similar in folded design to Oribotics [network] are in full scale production at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Currently I’m one of the inaugural Australia Council artists in residence at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz.

My workshop here consists of a Dimension Elite 3D printer from Stratasys, and a Trotec Rayjet Laser engraver. I’m using the 3D printer to do direct digital manufacturing of 50 Oribotic blossoms, and the RayJet to engrave and cut paper, and polyester fabric.

The newest generation of oribots have a very robust folded membrane made from polyester fabric. It’s really very flexible, the fold patterns are forming well, and during actuation the fold is clearly defined, not corrupting, and if  someone touches the membrane it wont be damaged, as was the case with the [network] generation of bots.

The video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gMC1lEi10o shows a really quick test of the ultrasonic sensor in action. I prototype with arduino, but the actual PCBs are designed by Ray Gardiner, and are currently in production.

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