By Andrew Liszewski
Billed as a ‘large scale communication tool’ the Facadeprinter is essentially a software controlled paintball turret capable of blasting a wall with dots of paint traveling at 200km/h, from a distance of up to 12 meters away. SVG images are uploaded from a USB flash drive, and a touchscreen interface allows the artwork to be overlayed on a photo of the printing area so it can be properly scaled and aligned. While the distance to the printing area, or wall, has to be measured and entered manually, the printing software will automatically take care of all the adjustments to correct for perspective and ballistic distortion.
The machine is capable of firing about 5 paintballs a second, while the colored pixels it leaves behind are about 5 to 10 cm in diameter. And before printing is started a laser displays a full-scale bounding box of the artwork on the printing surface allowing you to verify it’s in the proper position.