chainsaw robot carves the 7Xstool by tom pawlofsky + tibor weissmahr
chainsaw robot carves the 7Xstool by tom pawlofsky + tibor weissmahr chainsaw robot carves the 7Xstool by tom pawlofsky + tibor weissmahr
jan 22, 2013

chainsaw robot carves the 7Xstool by tom pawlofsky + tibor weissmahr

the stackable 7Xstool by tom pawlofsky + tibor weissmahr is cut straight from a tree trunk by an industrial robot with a chainsaw specially programmed to carveimage © designboom



berlin-based company echtwald has entered a new partnership with kkaarrlls – a platform for a collection of objects resulting from coursework realized by young european designers at karlsruhe university of arts and design –  with a series of pieces presented during passagen 2013/interior design week in cologne. as a highlight of kkaarrlls exhibition was a public performance shown twice a day, where the stackable 7Xstool was cut straight from a tree trunk by an industrial robot with a chainsaw. the unusual production process was developed by german designer tom pawlofsky with the form of the seating conceived together with fellow creator tibor weissmahr. the machine carved the stools with millimeter precision, and through careful planning of the saw’s tracks, the technique offered nearly scrap-free results. the pieces were then able to be purchased by audience members following the impressive presentation.



the machine was programmed by tom pawlofsky and the design of the stool was conceived in collaboration with tibor weissmahr image © designboom



the goal of echtwald – which literally translates to ‘real forest’ in english from german – is the revaluation of forests through actively supporting the forest regionimage © designboom



the pieces were then able to be purchased by audience members following the impressive presentationimage © designboom



the stool after processed by the robotimage © designboom



the technique offered nearly scrap-free resultsimage © designboom



image © designboom



the machine carved the stools with millimeter precisionimage © designboom



 tibor weissmahr + tom pawlofsky portrait © designboom



a video showing the robot in action
video © designboom



a video showing the unique making processvideo courtesy kkaarrlls

  • Can we see the robot actually do it or did I miss summit?

    Ady says:
  • Ady The video shows the robot finishing the task, love it.

    Fiera says:
  • cool process results nice piece of furniture, well two actually… congratulations!

    català says:
  • Very nice – great to see the repeatability of the process. Are you aware of the pioneering work with the chainsaw and lathe by the well-known sculptor/wood turner Mark Lindquist? He was using robotics (via remote control) with a first generation welding robot beginning in the late 1970’s. Although not specifically about his involvement with robotics There are examples of his work and photos of him in his studio(s) in the vimeo video here:
    He never did use an industrialized robot that could be programmed, but he used “dumb robotics” as his use of the remotely controlled chainsaw evolved into servo motor control with the chainsaw as end-effector. Very nice presentation, Tom and Tibor, of the way industrial robots can be pressed into service for designers.

    Tri Ad says:
  • Very smart !

    Ghislain says:
  • yes, really really cool!

    Diego says:
  • Yeaaah!

    Adam K. says:
  • it is cool they made a working chainsaw robot. The one thing i dont’t like: because of the design of the stool:There is a lot of waste….
    Can’t jou create two or more stools out of one block?

    leoni says:
  • I have second Ady initial comment – The video is underwhelming to say the least.
    Doesn’t look to be a very automated process if the chaps have to step in and wedge (?) the log to let it make the final cut.
    Was there more of this human input required between cuts?

    TheCat says:
  • @leoni

    i could see two stools and one table base 😉

    tp says:
  • can someone explain what sense that makes?

    Arn says:
  • Congrats guys! this is awesome! very nice…

    outoftheblue says:
  • ..seems similar to me, or true to their work…

    català says:
  • there are 3 stools and 1 side table base. the only waste is the sawdust and that can be used for other things. cool.

    jordan says:
  • Why? What´s your motivation? Is it a scaleable process, is it a cheap process? Why don´t you challenge the robot with its precision, its fastness and its possibility of producing custom-made designs? Anyway, I like that you realized your idea and that you made it happen! Keep on making 🙂

    jennifer says:

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