Competition: Dezeen is giving 40 readers a code to fast-track designs created for Kram/Weisshaar's Robochop installation, which allows users to remotely control a robotic arm that shapes cubes of foam into furniture (+ movie).
Stockholm-based Reed Kram and Munich designer Clemens Weisshaar recoded four robotic arms – more commonly used for applications such as car manufacturing – so they can be controlled remotely to create unique shapes within a pop-up space.
"This is very advanced robotics," Weisshaar told Dezeen. "You'd think that a robot can do literally anything but the reality is most robots do one movement and that's it, so there is an element of liberation also on the mechanical side."
Until 20 March, anyone can access an app designed by Kram/Weisshaar. The interface allows participants to write a series of instructions for one of the robots to cut chunks away from the foam cube with a hot wire.
Weisshaar suggested that participants can create "stools, pedestals, side tables, lamp shades, sculptural objects", with the size of the 40-centimetre cube the only limiting factor.
The codes will fast-track winners' designs through the queue on the cloud system, where the files are stored in preparation. Two thousand of the most inventive designs will then be created by the robots in Hanover during the CeBIT IT fair from 14 to 20 March.
Each user will be asked for their shipping details via email once their designs are submitted, though production is not guaranteed for everyone.
This competition is now closed. Winners will be notified by email. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.