This workshop will introduce participants to a novel power tool and invite them to explore new possibilities in terms of digital workflow, on-tool content creation and robotically assisted fabrication.
Shaper Origin is a hand-held cobotic router, which uses computer vision to locate itself precisely on a workpiece. Augmented reality visualizes digital content on the workpiece and keeps track of all changes in real time. While the user moves the tool in X and Y, the machine will automatically adjust its cutter to stay on the user’s desired cut path. With unique on-tool CAD functionality Origin also acts as an intuitive to use precision drawing device.
After a short introduction, the workshops instructors want to dive deeply into hands-on experimentation with the participants to not only master the tool, but to better understand some of the philosophical implications inherent to cobotics when employed in a fabrication environment. Why does it make sense to move a cobot through space? How does it feel to be the toolpath? What are the consequences of an unrestricted build volume?
Florian Horsch (Digital Fabrication Enthusiast, Shaper Tools Inc.) and Lukas Semmler (Environmental Engineering Student, resident KAOS Berlin)