“constructable: interactive construction of functional mechanical devices” by Mueller, Lopes, Kaefer, Kruck and Baudisch

  • ©Stefanie Mueller, Pedro Lopes, Konstantin Kaefer, Bastian Kruck, and Patrick Baudisch




    constructable: interactive construction of functional mechanical devices



    constructable is an interactive drafting table based on a laser cutter that produces precise physical output in every editing step. Users interact by drafting directly on the workpiece using a hand-held laser pointer. The system tracks the pointer, beautifies its path, and implements its effect by cutting the workpiece using a fast high-powered laser cutter. constructable achieves precision through tool-specific constraints, user-defined sketch lines, and by using the laser cutter itself for all visual feedback, rather than using a screen or projection.


    1. Mueller, S., Lopes, P., Baudisch P. 2012. Interactive Construction: Interactive Fabrication of Functional Mechanical Devices. In Proceedings of UIST ’12, 599–606.
    2. Willis, K. D. D., Xu, C., Wu, J. K., Levin, G., Gross, M. D. 2011. Interactive fabrication: new interfaces for digital fabrication. In Proceedings of TEI ’11, 69–72.

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