Developed by a group of students at Germany's Hasso-Plattner Institute, the Protopiper is a hand-held fabrication device that that allows users to sketch 3D objects by rolling packing tape into sturdy, hollow tubes. The device itself is an assembly line: the tape is drawn from the roll, shaped into a tube, sealed together, and cut off complete with wings on each end, making it easy to connect. Each tube can be programmed for a specific length, ready to assemble into prototypes of tables, cabinets, and even folding umbrellas.
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via [Core77] via [mental_floss]