The Printball is “an Ink-Jet printer using a PaintBall Gun as printhead. The gun is mounted on a pan & tilt unit which is connected to a Max/Msp based software through an Atmel chip [programmed in Basic]. The software allow the users to load and analyze images. The resolution of the image and the space between the point [definition the image] can be adjusted. Because the document is printed from a central point the number of steps by points send to the pan & tilt, which is moved by two stepper motors, one for each axe horizontal and vertical, determine the space between each point.”

Very cool mashup of two hardware devices – printer and paint ball gun – check out some of the “TEST PRINTS” on the above link. I definitely would not want to be caught in front of that.


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  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the article but I’d like to clarify something. It is not the mashup of two hardware devices. Only the Gun is a commercial product (hacked to become an automatic gun controlled by Max/Msp). The Pan&Tilt as been created and built by myself. The reference to an Ink-Jet printer is more conceptual than literal, since it’s a “printer” that shoot balls it can be seen as an Ink-Jet printer.

    But again thanks for the revue and maybe we’d see each other around in Dublin if you’re coming back (I recently moved to Dublin and I was disappointed to hear that you were gone!)

    All the best,

    bnjmnâ„¢ aka Recyclism

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