RoMA: Interactive Fabrication with a Robotic Arm 3D Printer

Huaishu Peng, Jimmy Briggs, Cheng-Yao Wang, Kevin Guo, Joseph Kider, Stefanie Mueller, Patrick Baudisch, François Guimbretière. CHI 2018 to appear.

C# C++ OpenGL OpenVR

Abstract

We present the Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA), a system providing a fast, precise, hands-on modeling experience. As a designer creates a new design using RoMA AR CAD editor, features are constructed concurrently by a 3D printing robotic arm sharing the same design volume. The partially printed physical model then serves as a tangible reference for the designer as she adds new elements to her design. RoMA’s proxemics-inspired handshake mechanism between the designer and the 3D printing robotic arm allows the designer to quickly interrupt printing to access a printed area or to indicate that the robot can take full control of the model to finish printing. RoMA lets users integrate real-world constraints into a design rapidly, allowing them to create well-proportioned cookingimplements or to extend existing objects. We conclude by presenting the strengths and limitations of our current design.

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