Sculpting Robot

Florent digitise the original using the portable scanner so as to capture it in a 3D format, on an STL file (Stereo Lithography). This digitalisation allows us to bring certain changes in the size and even to retouch it.

Once the model digitised, we can save it or use it to reproduce other models using 3D printers or other digital devices.

The robot does continuous passes of about 3 mm using diamond grinding wheels and multi-directional nozzle spray

Then, depending on the finishing desired, a fine and pointed tool will be used to obtain the desired results. Trimmed in this way, the sculpture normally does not have any sharp edge; the sculpture seems smooth and comprises of certain parts that have not been worked on, not being accessible by the grinding wheels. The work of the sculptor can now start.

Workshop note:

Here are some technical information about robot work in our workshop:

Please note that the robot trims marble/stone/polyurethane/wood parts, thus lightening the workload of the sculptor. However, it does not replace manual work. Depending on the part, a more or less significant manual finishing work is still needed after robot trimming.

To manufacture a part we need a 3D file (STL) which can be obtained thanks to a portable scanner that scans a real model (object, human, plaster...). It can be enlarged / reduced at the client's request, or we can directly create a 3D computer model using a drawing (depending on the part’s complexity).

The client can supply the material (if possible a parallelepiped block). Otherwise we provide the marble. Marble price varies according to its type and hardness (harder marble = more expensive).

The client can also order an unmachined robot part (only the blank) and make himself the sculpture's finishing by hand. Parts that are too small cannot be processed by a robot (minimum of about 20cm).

The choice of material, as well as a photograph including measurements or a drawing of the part to be manufactured should be enough to request a quote.