Drawing machines
Designer | Artist Lucien Langton
Year 2012

FireWriter is a graphic butane/propane torch printer built with Processing & Arduino. 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.

FireWriter is a machine using contemporary rapid prototyping electronics combined with humanity’s first technology: fire. The purpose is to propose a dialogue between image reproduction and its destruction. Inevitably, alterations of the support are linked with alteration of aestethics. The result offers aspects of engraving with a mechanical / pixelized pattern.