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Why carve a pumpkin when you can build a machine to do it for you? Using an EMSL Egg-Bot for inspiration, the VanDiepenbos family scaled it up in order to make a pumpkin carving robot called the punkinBoT. This is a video of their machine’s first cut at Maker Faire Detroit. It’s a bit wobbly, but looks like it’s doing the job nicely. I especially like the severed arm on the cutter head. Very fitting!

Michael Castor

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I’m a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.


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  1. A later version of the Punkinbot was on display at the Fort Wayne maker’s Fair.
    I was able to get a short video of the bot carving script into a pumpkin.

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  3. ka mitchell on said:

    Michael, squash, the jack-o-lantern is thin skinned. But pumpkin the fruit is thick skinned.Recent articles on that got me to thinking: without hollowing out the center can one hollow a ,or many candle holes to make a zoetrope type scene? I would try myself but typing seems to consume too much of my time. I.E. running witches, skeletons,etc.

  4. Thanks for the writeup! Our design is much more refined now.
    PunkinBoT v2.0 was introduced at Fort Wayne’s Maker Faire October 6th.
    We are currently carving all October weekends in Ligonier,IN at “Pumpkin Fantasyland”

    More Info & Videos:
    http://www.punkinbot.com
    http://www.facebook.com/punkinbot

    If you like our project, please like us on facebook to help spread the word :)

  5. Thanks for the writeup! Our design is much more refined now.
    PunkinBoT v2.0 was introduced at Fort Wayne’s Maker Faire October 6th.
    We are currently carving all October weekends in Ligonier,IN at “Pumpkin Fantasyland”

    More Info & Videos:
    http://www.punkinbot.com
    http://www.facebook.com/punkinbot

    If you like our project, please like us on facebook to help spread the word

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