Don’t worry. This chainsaw robot is totally friendly.

The machine was created by German designers Tom Pawlofsky and Tibor Weissmahr.

It takes fresh logs and turns them into sturdy three-legged stools.

The first cut.

Watch your fingers.

Wear your safety goggles.

It’s much easier than trying to make a stool with a chainsaw yourself.

The end result has minimal waste.

The stools are part of a product line called kkaarrlls, a collaboration between design students at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and Echtwald, a sustainable design firm with a focus on reforestation.

2013-01-29

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This Slicing And Dicing Chainsaw Robot Makes Beautiful Furniture

And with minimal waste. Is high-tech, ultra-precise robotics the future of a more sustainable furniture industry?

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise may have just released its seventh installment this month, but here’s some inspiration for an eighth: What if the killer were a robot capable of using a chainsaw for a precision of slicing and dicing that no human is capable of?

A prototype may exist in Germany, although its creators —German designers Tom Pawlofsky and Tibor Weissmahr—had more pacifistic intentions in mind: furniture building. In the video above, a robotic arm makes a couple of quick, deliberate cuts into a tree trunk. The result? Three useable stools, and minimal scrap wood.

The process was demonstrated at design week in Cologne earlier this month, where audience members were able to purchase the pieces after watching their creation. The stools are part of a product line called kkaarrlls, a collaboration between design students at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and Echtwald, a sustainable design firm with a focus on reforestation. If all wooden furniture was made with this efficiency, perhaps we wouldn’t have to use up so many trees.

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    If all wooden furniture was made with this much ugly, I would just sit on the floor...