Protopiper: A tape gun for physically sketching room-sized objects at actual scale
Researchers at Hasso-Plattner-Institut have developed a device for physically sketching house interiors at actual scale. The key idea behind Protopiper is that it forms adhesive tape into tubes as its main building material, rather than extruded plastic or photopolymer lines (like 3Doodler). Since the resulting tubes are hollow they offer excellent strength-to-weight ratio, thus scale well to large structures.
The “protopiped” kitchen set is the outcome of a design session that investigated what furniture and appliances might go best with the new kitchen. Again, during the design process users can already validate their designs, i.e., make sure that everything fits, that overhead cupboards can be reached by all family members, and that remaining spaces do not feel too tight.