Fire Writer

FireWriter is a graphical production tool built with Processing & Wiring. The hardware consists of a hacked inkjet printer controlled with an Arduino Uno, a Dremel torch loaded with a butane/propane mix that burns up to a temperature of 1200C, and an added calibration module built with an optical sensor. It works on various types of supports such as wood, paper, walls, plastic, fabric and many others. The duration, strength and precision of the flame can be controlled in real-time manually with a pitch.
A black & white image first has to be fed into the Processing script, which dynamically writes a Wiring code that can then be compiled and sent onto the Arduino board. The printer then burns dot by dot (pixel per pixel) on the horizontal axis. The machine is equipped with step by step wheels that enable the user to lower the printer one line at a time on the vertical axis on any support.

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