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Facadeprinter Automates Large Murals

Facadeprinter (Image courtesy Facadeprinter.org)
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.

Facadeprinter (Image courtesy Facadeprinter.org)

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.

[ Facadeprinter ] VIA [ SlashGear ]








  • solaceinrage

    Awww, I can't believe there was no mention made of the Mythbusters doing this a few years ago. They used several dozen barrels and hundreds of paintballs to create a large scale painting of the Mona Lisa, there are several clips of it on Youtube and I think it was even a viral vid at some point.

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    make it 3 color and add auto laser range finders… and you can make a nice mural scene with no fuss.

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    make it 3 color and add auto laser range finders… and you can make a nice mural scene with no fuss.