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Robotic Pottery Sculptors

Charlotte Nordmoen's Pottery Maker Utilizes a Precise Robotic Arm

— July 18, 2016 — Tech
Charlotte Nordmoen is a student from Central Saint Martins in London, England, and the designer of a robotic pottery maker that emulates the movements of a human hand.

The device uses a sculpture of a human finger made from silicone that's adhered to a mechanical arm in order to get a soft finish on the pieces it produces. With this, the pottery maker can be programmed with an algorithm to create a specific design at a faster rate than human laborer could.

While the devices have the potential to take some of the stress away from artists who need to make large orders of ceramics at a time, Charlotte Nordmoen explained the design by saying: "The project isn't meant as a serious proposal to put potters out of work, rather as a way of asking questions."
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