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Facade printer mayo 26, 2010

Posted by christian saucedo in Other projects.

The project facadeprinter is about inventing and marketing a new print media. An inkdot-printer in architectonical scale.

The facadeprinter is a simple, software controlled robot. It consists of a two-axis turntable and a print head which is powered by compressed air. The printer shoots the picture dot by dot from a remote distance on a selected surface. Particularly inaccessable, formatless and uneven surfaces can be printed on. For example a building can be printed from the street, without having a complex scaffolding. The process of printing has a certain entertainment value. Moreover the facadeprinter is a comparatively cheap large-scale printing technology. Therefore it is an media and also a technical innovation. This new media is an unconventional tool for large-scale communication.

Facade printer

We are inventing, developing and applying a new print media: An inkjet-printer in architectonical scale.

The facadeprinter is a communication-tool. Even the application of the artwork is part of the message; straight and direct. The artwork is prepared as vector or pixelfile, we shoot it dot by dot onto the facade. The viewer is watching the emerging artwork like the drawing of a magic pen.


The two product-designers, Martin Fussenegger and Michael Sebastian Haas meet during their studies in 2000 at the HfG Karlsruhe (State University of Art and Design, Karlsruhe Germany). While at Karlsruhe they developed several experimental machines and visions for products: An experimental 3D display, the vision of a ‘Transatlantic Bridge’, a translator t-shirt, an electronic newspaper, and the ‘Spider’ – a thermoplastic processing technique. After starting the experimental Facade Printer in 2004 as part of a university project, it soon became their favourite project. Later after successfully graduating as product designers from University, Martin and Michael decided to go on developing the Facadeprinter.

Little by little the two technology enthusiasts departed from conventional product design and started to work towards a pursuit in the ideas and motives behind production technology. Their interest is not limited by the product, but rather the production and the tools with which they used to create it. Therefore the Facadeprinter is part of their search for new aesthetics and ways of communication. A big boost was the successful application of the support program ‘Young Innovators’. Firstly it covered their costs and enabled Haas and Fussenegger to continue to concentrate on their work. The first price of the ‘Multimedia Founder Competition’, announced by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Germany, was an overwhelming help for both of them in accomplishing their plans for the second prototype of the printer. This Competition also helped in the foundation of their company later on.

In January 2008 both moved to Berlin to take advantage of the cities media infrastructure and the high amount of old and blank firewalls, were great advantages to the young company. It is where they met the young engineer Julian Adenauer. His technical skills and enthusiasm for new, visionary methods made him part of the team. Gaining a diploma thesis at the University of Technics in Karlsruhe, Julian has worked on the electronics and programming of the second prototype – and continues to provide greater technical competence of the team.

In December 2009 the trio proudly founded their company Sonice Development GmbH. The business objective is the invention, development and application of technical-moral avant-garde projects.


Design is research. Driven by the desire to discover and understand. Above all a new design comes from a foreshadowing, which is looked into. Step by step this turns into an insight. If someone finally senses the result as being ‘beautiful’ or ‘new’, these are the many steps required of understanding, which produce a coherent whole. New aesthetics through new technology. Thus the Facadeprinter and the resulting rough printed appearance inseparably belong together.


Resource: http://www.facadeprinter.org/



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