This video is (further) proof that it’s fun to empower makers.
FabLab Italia set up shop at a Turin Street Fair, making their digital lathe (or potter’s wheel) accessible to the public. The lathe works by allowing people to manipulate the radius of an object at various points along the axis. The radius is adjusted by twisting the wooden discs. Potentiometers measure this twist and the values are then conveyed via Arduino into Blender, which produces the STL file, which is then output on the MakerBot. Here’s a video about the lathe:
I like every thing that’s going on here, particularly the looks on the faces of people who have just made something new!
This would be a great thing to do anytime, with a MakerBot, an EggBot, a knitting machine — whatever. Just set it up in public somewhere and watch people react to it.
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