Graffiti Bot Tags With Paintball Bullets – Mazda MX-5 Paint Ball Art

05 Nov

This is simply amazing art:

Very cool project by Michael Haas. Hass has created a graffiti writing paintball robot, entitled “Facadeprinter”.


The Facadeprinter is a simple robot. Its purpose: shooting out large scale graphics onto walls. Calculating movements based on digital artwork, software controlled motors position an airpressure-marker to fire thousands of colorballs and print the work on a distant surface. The artwork grows dot by dot, like the drawing of a magic pen. An inkjet-printer in architectonical dimensions.

Martin Fussenegger and Michael Haas, have invented a computer controlled air pressure bubble ink jet print system that reproduces graphics on an architectural scale, from up to 20 feet or 5 meters distant.

“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 inaccessible, format-less 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.”

Sources: Never the less nation and Trend Hunter

Complied By: Josh Martin


Posted by on November 5, 2012 in art, Automotive, technology, Video Blog


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5 responses to “Graffiti Bot Tags With Paintball Bullets – Mazda MX-5 Paint Ball Art

  1. Benjamin Gaulon (@recyclism)

    November 16, 2012 at 3:56 am

    actually the video above is Facade Printer and not the PrintBall. Both projects were made around the same time but are not the same:
    Please correct as the PrintBall has never been use for comercial or marketing purposes.

    • joshmartinblog

      November 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Sorry for the confusion, thanks for pointing out my mistake. Feel free to send me any information about the “PrintBall”. I would be happy to write a quick article for you.


      • Benjamin Gaulon (@recyclism)

        November 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        No worries. All infos about the PrintBall are on my website:
        The PrintBall is a graffiti Robot. It works like a giant Ink-Jet printer, using a PaintBall Gun as the print-head. The PaintBall gun is mounted on a custom made pan & tilt unit, which is controlled by software programmed with Max/Msp: PrintWare 6.0 (G.M.L compatible). The pan & tilt is controlled by an Atmel chip [programmed in Basic]. This software controls the movement of the two stepper motors and triggers the PaintBall Gun. The software allows users to load, analyze and shoot images. The resolution of the image can be adjusted according to the number of steps between each points.

        The PrintBall is based on a concept by Geraud de Bizien and Benjamin Gaulon. Hardware and Software by Recyclism. Realised in between 2004 and 2005 with the support of the Frank Mohr Instituut.

  2. Benjamin Gaulon (@recyclism)

    November 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    last thing I don’t think Facadeprinter has anything to do with the EyeWriter project.

    • joshmartinblog

      November 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for the corrections, they are more than welcome.


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