Sorry Ikea, This Robotic Arm Prints Furniture Any Shape or Size I Want

Meet Galatéa, the honking, seafoam-colored robot arm that looks like road construction equipment. “She” was invented by engineer Sylvain Charpiot, founder of French startup Drawn. Galatéa is a large-scale 3D printer, formerly an industrial robot that worked in a car factory, that makes fully recyclable furniture that’s limited only by the imagination. She heats plastic (Drawn says it’s the same kind used in Legos) at over 440 degrees Fahrenheit to make simple furniture. Right now, objects can reach six-and-a-half feet long and four feet high.”


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