It was a first appearance as a “New Talent” at the DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2015 not only for Israeli-born art student Jon McTaggart, but also for a MOTOMAN handling robot.
With the support of YASKAWA, the innovative designer uses the robot as a 3D printer, enabling him to create complex shapes from a variety of materials.
Under the title “Artifacts”, McTaggart consciously explores the dichotomy between the uniqueness of a work of art and the possibilities of technical reproduction. The result consists, for example, of shells and other geometrical shapes which are based on digital designs and made of individual materials. The designer focuses primarily on sand and earth, which to him represent a specific place at a specific point in time.
In his search for a technically feasible solution for shaping the sand and fixing it in the desired form, McTaggart first of all experimented with different 3D printers. However, they were unable to cope with the heavy material. The solution finally proved to be a MOTOMAN MH250 from YASKAWA. From his point of view the combination of highest precision and flexibility with a high load-bearing capacity spoke in favour of this model. A small MOTOMAN MH6-10 was used for demo purposes in Berlin.
A dosage system positioned on the robot manipulator injects a food-safe adhesive into the sand mass exactly at the predetermined points. The young artist programs the in part highly complex geometries using commercially available 3D software. The data is transmitted to the robot control via an interface.