Protopiper is a computer aided, hand-held fabrication device that allows users to sketch room-sized objects at actual scale. The key idea behind protopiper is that it forms adhesive tape into tubes as its main building material, rather than extruded plastic or photopolymer lines. Since the resulting tubes are hollow they offer excellent strength-to-weight ratio, thus scale well to large structures.
official project page: Human Computer Interacion Lab - Hasso Plattner Institute
The device creates tubes like a simple assembly line: it pulls the tape off the roll, shapes it into a tube, seals the tube, “brands” the wing connectors into the tube, and finally cuts the finished tube off.
You can access all the design files, schematics, and source code from our dropbox repository. We recommend using the files from the dropbox, they are always updated!