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The DIWire Bender is a rapid prototype machine that bends metal wire to produce 2D or 3D shapes. Wire unwinds from a spool, passes through a series of wheels that straighten it, and then feeds through the bending head, which moves around in 3 dimensions to create the desired bends and curves. Vector files (e.g., Adobe Illustrator files), text files of commands (e.g., feed 50 mm, bend 90° to right…) provide DIWire’s instructions. It’s essentially a 3D printer that describes lines, instead of volumes, in space, and it could be used for anything from prototypes to customized products.

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John Baichtal

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  1. Adam Flaherty says:

    This is so cool! Similar in utility to a CNC hot wire. I wonder if folks even realize the usefulness of a CNC wire bender. There’s just so many cool things you can make with wire. If you’re handy with a torch, you can make all sorts of rigid 3D shapes. Add some sheet and some pop rivits to skin stuff.

    We had an industrial version at a place I used to work at. They used it all the time.

  2. Mike says:

    That was very cool!

  3. Eric Hunting says:

    This is brilliant. It should be be named Calder.

  4. I’m sure Rhino3D love that they are using an Educational version of their software

  5. suggestion says:

    the wire straightening section could be better implemented, as its shown doesn’t do much. taking a look at industrial straighteners should help

  6. Mark L Evans says:

    It would be awesome to see this ramped up to bend Al Tubing up through say 1 in.

  7. Ron N says:

    Verry Cool

    What software are you using to run stepper motors also what software
    generats the code to form the wire ?

  8. bborne23 says:

    This makes me smile – I’m sure it’s practical in some way, but I mostly just like the thoughts-into-immediate-reality aspect of it.

  9. Hannah Lynn says:

    wow very interesting. i want the S#!? on a wallmount lol

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  15. Johnnyfive says:

    Very interesting!!Can you tell me, how a shape that I have done in rhino/3dsmax etc, going through the machine;
    I mean,for example make a shape, I do export at the appropriate file.After need another program ??, and who is it;(and how can i found)
    Thanks

  16. This is an awesome tool. Would be easy now for wire bending.