FaBrickation is a research project by the Human-Computer Interaction group at the Hasso Plattner Institut in Germany. The fast prototyping system aims to save 3D printing time by replacing smaller parts with Lego bricks. This method results in hybrid forms that combine 3D-printed and Lego parts.
FaBrickation is a new approach to rapid prototyping of functional objects, such as the body of a head-mounted display. Users would mark the lens mounts as “high-resolution” to indicate that these should be 3D printed at a later time and instructions are generated for creating everything else from Lego bricks.
If users update the design later, faBrickator allows the re-printing of only the elements that changed. The team at the Hasso Plattner Institut produced three 3D models of functional objects. On average the system fabricates objects 2.44 times faster than traditional 3D printing, and it requires just 14 minutes of manual assembly. Check out the video below and click through to see images of the faBrickation process:
Sources, Images: Hasso Plattner Institut