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Interactive Table Lets Users Laser Cut Without Leaving Their Desks

Instead of using a CAD system and then a laser cutter to create a design, the Constructable interactive drafting table combines the two.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on October 31, 2012.

The Constructable allows users to draft directly onto their desk with handheld lasers. The research project has been developed by Stefanie Mueller, Pedro Lopes, and Patrick Baudisch at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany.

The interactive drafting table produces precise physical output in every step. The system tracks the laser pointer, cleans up the drawing, and then cuts the workpiece on the spot with a high-powered laser cutter. Users then lift the top of the table to get their creations. Instead of using a CAD system, which removes users from their desks, Constructable reintroduces directness to personal fabrication tools. You can see it in action in the video below:

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