The Turn Machine

The project concept here is pretty simple — it’s basically a motorized turntable for taking 360-degree photos of objects — but this video is just superb. From Scriblab Studios:

I thought its time to learn something new in my sparetime so the TurnMachine is my first attemp in building usefull machines with the help of the Arduino development plattform. Arduino is an electronics plattform made especially for artists and people who want to learn microcontroller programming the first time without the hassle of studying electronics in depth. I build this as a finger exercise for future projects and ideas for physical computing and art.

Furthermore I would really like to build more physical modells in Fimo/Clay etc. for concept design so I needed a nice and automated way of making a presentation of these. In a nutshell: the machine turns the table in a predefined step length (eg. 25 steps, its capable of a max. of 200 steps per revolution, min. step size 1.9°), sends a signal to the attached camera which then takes a photo and turns to the next step until it has finished the choosen steps. Im a big fan of automation softwarewise, so I love the idea of automate physical things! 🙂

Nicely done.


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2 Comments

  1. oh wow. i wonder what packages they used to create the visualization of the inside of the unit?

  2. This is “a finger exercise”? Wow. I’d love to see when they really bear down (maybe the video, given its incredible quality).

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