Would you get a tattoo from a 3D printer? While it certainly can’t replicate the work of a talented tattoo artist at this point, students from a design school in Paris have rigged a MakerBot 3D printer to tattoo the outlines of basic geometric shapes on human skin. Yes, the real and permanent kinds of tattoos.
The hack came about during an electronics workshop at ENSCI-Les Ateliers design school. The students removed the extruder that pushes out plastic on the MakerBot and replaced it with a pen. They used that to draw temporary shapes on the skin, and once it worked, they replaced the pen with parts from a tattoo machine.
Apparently, volunteers lined up to get a tattoo from a robot. They documented the project with tons of photos on Instructables, and I think developments like this are just a taste of what we’ll see in the 3D printing arena in the next few years.
See how it works in a video after the break.