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Halloween Pumpkin Carving With CNC Robotics

samzenpus posted about 6 years ago | from the high-tech-carving dept.

Technology 73

An anonymous reader writes "A guy at Lumenlab has created a way to carve his face on a pumpkin using his DIY CNC gantry robot. I think this demonstration says a lot about the future ubiquity of the technology. I'm really looking forward to the day that I have one of these machines in my garage."

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Fr1st Pr0st !! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567343)

Muthafukkas

Re:Fr1st Pr0st !! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567391)

Obama, is that you ?

Re:Fr1st Pr0st !! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567525)

Smallest penis!! Turd burgular

Whoa! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567345)

First Post.

That pumpkin is FREAKIN SWEEEEET

Re:Whoa! (5, Funny)

tritonman (998572) | about 6 years ago | (#25567499)

That pumpkin is an abomination! It represents all that is wrong with the world taken over by robots, so much for the sanctity of halloween! I'm sure this one will make the baby jesus cry, when he created halloween, this is NOT what he had in mind!

Re:Whoa! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25568649)

you ever ponder the fact that your "God" hates you?

Re:Whoa! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25568911)

Ohh my god i dont know where to start. I mean are you being serious is that your genuine take on CNC pumpkin carving or are you just making an attempt to be funny? I hope its the later because by christ you need to get a life if its the former.

Re:Whoa! (4, Funny)

popmaker (570147) | about 6 years ago | (#25570821)

Jesus did not create halloween, and you must not anger the halloween spirits, or this will happen: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/in_the_know_has_halloween_become [theonion.com]

Re:Whoa! (1)

AlexBirch (1137019) | about 6 years ago | (#25573301)

You insensitive clod, Jesus created everything. Halloween, Buddha, Mohammedan, etc...

Re:Whoa! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25580129)

baby jesus is goin' down . . .

Get your facts straight! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 6 years ago | (#25571757)

Hollowe'en wasn't created by :"Baby Jesus"! It was created by "I've returned from the dead and boy am I pissed" Zombie Jesus!"

Re:Whoa! (1)

spitek (942062) | about 6 years ago | (#25573631)

LEAVE OUR HOLIDAY's alone and well leave yours alone crazy freak!

Re:Whoa! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25579267)

That pumpkin is an abomination! It represents all that is wrong with the world taken over by robots, so much for the sanctity of halloween! I'm sure this one will make the baby jesus cry, when he created halloween, this is NOT what he had in mind!

Go eat some candy corn, and let the kids get cavities once a year.

Alien? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567355)

I sure hope he doesn't look like slashdot picture..

That was the retouched version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567565)

You should see the real one... if you want to go blind.

Dear God!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567357)

Put up a paypal donate button for your time; lets get you a few dollars for a tooth brush and tooth paste!!!

This is really obligatory! (4, Funny)

cosmocain (1060326) | about 6 years ago | (#25567361)

Take this! [zoy.org]

Very cool (2, Interesting)

shad0wfire1 (1396935) | about 6 years ago | (#25567395)

These Guys have upgraded a hell of a lot since I first purchased the projector kit from them. Loved my projector :) New site looks amazing.

Is that a pumpkin, or Nancy Pelosi's twat? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567417)

N/T

Re:Is that a pumpkin, or Nancy Pelosi's twat? (0, Offtopic)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 6 years ago | (#25567503)

Yes.

Re:Is that a pumpkin, or Nancy Pelosi's twat? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 6 years ago | (#25569707)

Offtopic? Offtopic? No, it's not offtopic. At least mod it correctly: It's either A) Funny or B) Troll. And damn, why do the mods have no sense of humor today?

Re:Is that a pumpkin, or Nancy Pelosi's twat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25575735)

Maybe it's because all the mods have dressed as Nanci Pellosi for Halloween. They demand respect for having to wear that much to appear as they are. Maybe if we're lucky, they'll take some pictures of their lesbian strapon romp with one another.

Re:Is that a pumpkin, or Nancy Pelosi's twat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25581453)

You would consider that terrible image "lucky?" *shudder*

nice pumpkin, but (3, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | about 6 years ago | (#25567451)

I think I like the /. article pumpkin [slashdot.org] better. I can't imagine how you'd carve that thing... I mean, even the spikes... how? incredible.

Re:nice pumpkin, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25567543)

The predator pumpkin is the work of Ray Villafane.
http://www.villafanestudios.com/pumpkins.htm [villafanestudios.com]

Re:nice pumpkin, but (1)

Clarious (1177725) | about 6 years ago | (#25567763)

I think I like the /. article pumpkin [slashdot.org] better. I can't imagine how you'd carve that thing... I mean, even the spikes... how? incredible.

If you RTFA, then you will know that is not the pumpkin he carved, he used CNC machine to carve his face on a pumpkin, not a demonic face. It is still incredible though

Re:nice pumpkin, but (2, Informative)

alx5000 (896642) | about 6 years ago | (#25569469)

Well, and if you cared to read the comment you just replied to, you may find out that he already knows, and that he still likes the one samzenpus used better.

And it's not demonic, FFS, it's a predator!

Re:nice pumpkin, but (1)

svnt (697929) | about 6 years ago | (#25572333)

Whoa whoa whoa I have to stop you.

"a demonic face"

A?! demonic face [wikipedia.org] ?!

GTFO. Seriously. Try again tomorrow.

Re:nice pumpkin, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25576931)

I think I like the /. article pumpkin [slashdot.org] better. I can't imagine how you'd carve that thing... I mean, even the spikes... how? incredible.

If you RTFA, then you will know that is not the pumpkin he carved, he used CNC machine to carve his face on a pumpkin, not a demonic face. It is still incredible though

Oh, hell no you didn't...

Re:nice pumpkin, but (1)

cool_arrow (881921) | about 6 years ago | (#25569155)

I don't think the spikes are carved. They are likely something like colored toothpicks stuck in after the cnc is done.

Re:nice pumpkin, but (1)

cool_arrow (881921) | about 6 years ago | (#25569211)

nvm. they're different sizes. Carved maybe but not w/ cnc.

Re:nice pumpkin, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25570565)

Here's how Ray Vilafane creates his pumpkins: http://www.villafanestudios.com/pumpkins.htm

DOOOM (1)

coleblak (863392) | about 6 years ago | (#25567511)

Christ, I had a Doom flashback. It's too early in the morning for a pic like that. Nonetheles, AWESOME!

Wrong picture... taken from here (5, Informative)

bryansj (89051) | about 6 years ago | (#25567531)

This guy was on Food Network and won the pumpkin carving challenge. The Predator pumpkin shown was stolen from his site. http://www.villafanestudios.com/pumpkins.htm [villafanestudios.com]

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (4, Interesting)

HEbGb (6544) | about 6 years ago | (#25567695)

Exactly. The CNC methods are fun and all, but it's really offensive to have a solid, hand-carved artwork misattributed like that. The photo should be removed.

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (1)

eonlabs (921625) | about 6 years ago | (#25568175)

If the second pic was properly attributed to the site it came from I don't think it matters, but since it isn't, it either should be or be removed.

Seconded!

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (0, Flamebait)

swb (14022) | about 6 years ago | (#25569529)

What's worse is that the CNC carved pumpkin is only shown lit up from a distance -- no up close detail or anything. I'd also swear it looks like the lit up CNC carved pumpkin isn't actually a carving but is an image projected onto the pumpkin -- the lighting just doesn't look right, but this is just an impression I don't really have any proof.

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (1)

svnt (697929) | about 6 years ago | (#25572379)

Offensive? To who, pumpkin artists everywhere?

What percentage of the population do you think that is? If we can't afford to offend pumpkin artists we have seriously gone off the deep end.

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (1)

EdIII (1114411) | about 6 years ago | (#25573155)

No offense, but your an idiot.

He was not talking about offending a small minority of people, which according to you does not matter since they are a minority. An offensive concept in of itself, I might add.

What he was referring to, of which I agree, is that is offensive to mislead people and attribute one person's work to another regardless of the nature of that work and its popularity.

This is about ethics and professional conduct in journalism.

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (1)

Jrono (470199) | about 6 years ago | (#25576547)

"Ethics" and "professional conduct"? On Slashdot?

You must be new here... :-)

But yeah, I had to browse through the comments to figure out where that picture came from. It's very annoying when things like this aren't properly attributed.

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (1)

PitaBred (632671) | about 6 years ago | (#25573423)

I find it offensive to represent one person's work as someone else's, especially when one is machine-made and another is hand-made.

Re:Wrong picture... taken from here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25568129)

The actual pumpkin is much less impressive. Although the blog does have some pictures of the making and a video.

Silence....I kill you! (1)

nevillethedevil (1021497) | about 6 years ago | (#25569843)

That guy is talented. Wait isn't this [villafanestudios.com] Ahmed the dead terrorist?

Obligatory (1, Redundant)

cunniff (264218) | about 6 years ago | (#25567581)

I, for one, welcome our robotic CNC overlords.

hmmm (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | about 6 years ago | (#25567661)

ROGR... is that any relation to the WOPR [wikipedia.org]

His face? (1)

Joolz50 (1381499) | about 6 years ago | (#25567717)

...A guy at Lumenlab has created a way to carve his face on a pumpkin ...

Thats his face?

Re:His face? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 6 years ago | (#25570843)

If it is, he's a dead ringer for my ex-wife!

AVP (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 6 years ago | (#25567721)

Alien Pumpkin versus Predator Pumpkin: Whoever Wins, We... get pumpkin pie

Massively misleading article summary and photo (4, Informative)

nmg196 (184961) | about 6 years ago | (#25567753)

Just in case it isn't obvious, the photo is NOT related to the article summary and the pumpkin was NOT carved on a CNC machine! This article is massively misleading. The photo was stolen from another site featuring hand-carved pumpkins. I doubt a CNC machine could even vaguely come close to doing that on a material so soft and flexible.

Re:Massively misleading article summary and photo (1)

mephistophyles (974697) | about 6 years ago | (#25568099)

I think a CNC machine could actually... the main problem would be making sure the pumpkin doesn't move while you're working on it. The teeth would be hard to do, but a 3D CNC machine like certain specialized businesses and technical universities have should be able to make a decent attempt, but since the material is fairly fragile it'll take a while.

whether a material is soft and flexible doesn't mean it can't be CNC'ed, it just means that the bit will have to rotate a lot faster and the movement speed will have to take into account the shape it's making... It's a challenge, but certainly not too difficult. It'll leave a mess that needs to be cleaned though...

Re:Massively misleading article summary and photo (1)

TheGeniusIsOut (1282110) | about 6 years ago | (#25568159)

The easiest way to work with soft and fragile materials like a pumpkin would be to deep-freeze it before carving.

Re:Massively misleading article summary and photo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25569381)

And then it turns into blurp when it thaws.

Re:Massively misleading article summary and photo (1)

BLKMGK (34057) | about 6 years ago | (#25568127)

Redundant but here's the site with that pumpkin - featured on DIGG awhile ago which is how I found it -> http://www.villafanestudios.com/pumpkins.htm [villafanestudios.com]

I believe you but .... (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 6 years ago | (#25568343)

You would better support your statement by providing a link to the other site that you say exists. The problem that I have with the article is that he completely ignores the issue of irregular gourd shape, both outside and in. Lots of babble about converting the image to a depth map, but no mention at all of the bigger issue of how to map that to a irregular round surface. I don't believe this was done on this system either, but I find it hard to understand how you could make your claim and not provide a link.

Re:Massively misleading article summary and photo (1)

AlexBirch (1137019) | about 6 years ago | (#25573169)

Just in case it isn't obvious, the photo is NOT related to the article summary and the pumpkin was NOT carved on a CNC machine!

OMG Slashdot uses misleading intro to increase their viewership, news at 11.

FUCK YOU IDLE!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25568299)

The misleading picture seduced me to click on a... [gasp] idle link! Now I feel dirty!

Will never do that again. Swear.

Nice carving, but ... (5, Interesting)

Muad'Dave (255648) | about 6 years ago | (#25568401)

...I'd love to see the same sort of thing done from inside the pumpkin (through a hole in the top), without piercing the outside skin on the side. The pumpkin would look unmolested until you illuminated it from the inside. Wooo!!! Scary!!!

Re:Nice carving, but ... (1)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 6 years ago | (#25569265)

There's a famous Charles Addams cartoon that shows a field of pumpkins, with one in the foreground being carved from the inside: just a knife blade sticking out, busily cutting away...
Alas, I can't find a pic online.

Re:Nice carving, but ... (1)

cool_arrow (881921) | about 6 years ago | (#25569397)

That would be cool. Perhaps cut the pumpkin in half, scrape out the gunk, cnc, and "glue" it back together.

Re:Nice carving, but ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25570877)

Did that in 2004, it won first place. :)

Re:Nice carving, but ... (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | about 6 years ago | (#25581049)

I can almost hear the flurry of foolish {Insert deity of your choice}-ian people (*) writing to {Insert idiotic excuse for a newspaper in your region} along the lines of "Look at this photo of a pumpkin I brought. It's got an image of [ {Insert deity of choice} OR {Insert angel of choice} OR {Insert demon of choice} OR {Insert politician of choice} ] and therefore proves that [ { ( {deity of choice} exists ) OR ( {politician of choice} is the [spawn of {devil of choice} ] OR [ favoured of {deity of choice} ] )

Have I mismatched a parenthesis there?

(*) I use the word "people" in an anatomical sense, not to imply any mental abilities that would make a mother amoeba proud.

Re:Nice carving, but ... (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | about 6 years ago | (#25583443)

In my opinion, that would make it all worthwhile. 8-)

Misleading Picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25568723)

Wow, is there any way that the slashdot editors could go back and actually make the picture be from the story.

That was horribly misleading. The guy in the article made an awesome carving with a CNC robot, but the picture is someone else's hand carved one.
very sloppy guys

Goat pic? (1)

Zarniwoop (25791) | about 6 years ago | (#25569119)

Ok... is it just me, or did the smaller pic look like a pumpkin goatse to anyone else?

Oh god... the interwebs, they've rotted my brains.

the pumpkin is cool and all... (3, Informative)

viridari (1138635) | about 6 years ago | (#25569441)

...but Lumenlab is a much cooler site to go to in that they produce an affordable mini-CNC mill [lumenlab.com] for $599 that is run by open source software [linuxcnc.org] .

I see a money maker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25571949)

Carve Jesus on it and sell it on eBay!

Pumpkin Carved with a Laser Cutter (1)

elkaim (1397111) | about 6 years ago | (#25571991)

In my lab at UC Santa Cruz, we used a laser cutter to carve our school logo into a pumpkin. One of the graduate students devised a rolling rig so that the distance to the surface of the pumpkin remained roughly constant, keeping the beam in focus. He made a video of the process seen at the link below.

http://apps.soe.ucsc.edu/elkaim/archives/000333.html [ucsc.edu]

My ex did it by hand... (1)

malachid69 (306291) | about 6 years ago | (#25572769)

<a href="http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=42797465&albumID=1866729&imageID=1015527"><img src="http://b2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00502/29/61/502541692_m.jpg" /></a>

Re:My ex did it by hand... (1)

malachid69 (306291) | about 6 years ago | (#25572839)

hmm, well, that's annoying...

Re:My ex did it by hand... (1)

kayditty (641006) | about 6 years ago | (#25573207)

you know that you can usually get a larger version [myspacecdn.com] of a myspace cdn image by changing m to l (or s to l as the situation requires), instead of stalking the private myspace of your "ex" to get thumbnail profile pictures.

Re:My ex did it by hand... (1)

malachid69 (306291) | about 6 years ago | (#25573363)

Actually, that's in my album. I had just hit the copy-code button without really looking at it.

Predator (1)

Terminus32 (968892) | about 6 years ago | (#25572827)

Awesome job!
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