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3D (and 2d) wire sculpting machine! [message #48069] Tue, 08 May 2012 19:36 UTC Go to next message
avatar LincolnK  is currently offline LincolnK
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https://vimeo.com/41425580

This is so cool. Sure, it's not a 3D printer, but you can make 3D objects out of it.

You design your object in the computer, and this thing will bend its shape out of metal wire!

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Re: 3D (and 2d) wire sculpting machine! [message #48073 is a reply to message #48069 ] Tue, 08 May 2012 20:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You always find some cool stuff Lincoln. Now if they add a spotwelder to that gadget they will really have something special.


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Re: 3D (and 2d) wire sculpting machine! [message #48079 is a reply to message #48073 ] Tue, 08 May 2012 20:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks Glen,

I totally agree with your welding idea, but even without it, it would be a huge time saver for sculpting in wire.

I also get all warm and fuzzy knowing that regular people and not big companies are even making stuff like this. We live in a new golden age of innovation!

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Re: 3D (and 2d) wire sculpting machine! [message #48082 is a reply to message #48069 ] Tue, 08 May 2012 22:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Awesome find!

Just like those tube benders one might see on the TV shows for making one piece custom car exhaust systems. Me wonders if this could be done with a few LEGO NXT kits or Arduino/Raspberry Pi controlled stepper motors setups.

Re: 3D (and 2d) wire sculpting machine! [message #48118 is a reply to message #48082 ] Wed, 09 May 2012 12:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A friend gave this comment after seeing the video:

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A nice idea and if they can make it do this on small scales (even nano Very Happy ) could be interesting for some.
Although, near the southbank area near waterloo there is an old Chinese guy who will make your name, animal, flowers etc by in 2D/3D bending wire in a few minutes...
In this case I think I prefer the skill of the old guy, although the machine is interesting for the potential it could bring.


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Re: 3D (and 2d) wire sculpting machine! [message #48121 is a reply to message #48079 ] Wed, 09 May 2012 14:44 UTC Go to previous message
avatar GlenG  is currently offline GlenG
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Actually,
automated wire bending/resistance welding systems have been around for a long time. Even back then these systems could process miles of wire at phenomenal speed. In the '50's several designers and the Knoll company employed these technologies in producing innovative furniture designs. Most of these designs are still in production today! Look for the work of Warren Platner, Harry Bertoia and Charles& Ray Eames to see examples of this work.

What makes Lincoln's "link" Rolling Eyes so cool, is that some clever person has built his own functioning CNC machine using mostly off the shelf bits.

For those of us not so CNC savvy, there is a great little bench tool called a "DuoMite Bender". Fairly complex shapes can be made using round, square or flat rod materials up to 5/16" dia steel or 1"x1/8" flat! Close tolerances can be held with 400 bends per hour repetitive production rates. Cheaper import versions of the Duomite are available for under $100.
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