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Robochop will make you the foam sculpture of your dreams

Using a specially created web app, users will be able to design their own sculpture, then have it sent to a robotic arm for carving.

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Matthias Ziegler

A lot of the stuff we own and use is made by robotic systems -- factory lines of machines precisely programmed to fill toothpaste tubes and screw mobile phone cases in place. A one-of-a-kind bespoke object, designed by you and then built by machines, is a little bit different.

Robochop is a robotic arm that will do just that. Well, actually, it's four robotic arms, and, starting on March 5, users will be able to send their designs to Robochop to be carved out of a prefabricated 50cm-cubed piece of polystyrene foam using a hot wire tool, and then mailed to that user anywhere in the world.

The project -- by designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram for CODE_n -- aims to predict the Internet of Things.

"Robochop envisions a not-so-distant future where smart systems empower citizens to directly engage with heavy industrial fabrication technology without obstacles or intermediaries to create the exact item they want," the Robochop website reads.

It's not limitless, though. Only 2,000 foam blocks will be provided.

Head over to the Robochop website for more info.

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