A 3D scanned and cleaned up model was used as source for cutting.
The raumschaum set-up at the UDK Berlin was used primarily to cut objects which were digitized by 3D scanning. The images show an example for a detailed object: a mouse made of hard foam. A stuffed mouse served as source object. It was 3D scanned and the digital model was cleaned up prior to cutting.
Side view of the digital mouse with cut paths.
To cut out most of the details precisely the mouse is positioned with its head to the bottom during the process. Automatically calculated cut paths by the raumschaum software are shown in the image to the right. Each coloured line is a continuous cut path of the computer controlled hot wire.
Front view of the mouse which was cut by the paths seen in the previous image.
Rear view of the mouse which was cut by the paths from above.
In December 2013 raumschaum installed its innovative cutting software on an industrial foam cutter for the department of Industrial Design at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Subsequently, it was used by students in the context of the exercise Design Sprints of the project Styro Street. A short summary how one of the first objects is fabricated can be seen here:
Many interested visitors attended the Long Night of Science (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) in Berlin and stopped by the stand of raumschaum and the departement EMSP at the TU Berlin to see the 3D cutter including the current extension into an 3D copy station. Many thanks for a lot interesting discussions and suggestions!