Print Using LEGOs Rather Than Ink
"Jason Allerman, one of the architects behind JK Brickworks—a website that features kinetic creations and culturally inspired models composed almost entirely of LEGOs—unveils his newest brainchild: Bricasso, the LEGO Mosaic Printer.
Powered by an EV3 color sensor, the mechanism works by first scanning the source image and saving the data onto a Mindstorms unit wherein the printing process initiates by snapping 1×1 plates into position in place of pixels of said image. A legend is to occupy a bottom row outside any image which instructs the program where to pick the colors from the supply. By employing a gravity feed system, the Bricasso printer commissions a total of 450 1×1 bricks of up to nine different colors and ensures that the project is exclusively made of LEGOs–minus the sensor and motors.
Though the mosaic printer is by no means ‘practical’—it prints using plastic bricks and can take upwards of half an hour depending on the scale of the print—the appliance serves to highlight the powers of unadulterated creativity and machines alike."