The Tattoo Printer


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Tattooing is a multi-million pound industry here in the UK and Tattoos are something that are hugely popular worldwide.

We’ve previously reported how a group of French students became some of the first ever people to be tattooed by a machine, when they hacked a 3D printer and converted it into a tattoo machine.

Now less than a year later, 3D tattoo machines are becoming something that looks set to take the industry by storm.

The principle is the same as your everyday human tattoo artist. Give either of them a design and sit back whilst they draw it onto your body.

The French students have now graduated from University, but they are still working on their invention. Improvements have been made to the original version of the machine, with the main improvement being that there is now a Z axis for the system to follow.

Another improvement to the machine is the inclusion of something called a Haptic sensor, which is something that is often used the video games to give virtually real sensations, whilst playing games. Haptic technology is a tactile feedback technology, which can also be used to give senses to machines, in order to help them comprehend the real world. This comes in very useful for a machine that comes into contact with human skin.

Although many of the tattooed community are enthusiastic about the new technology, that could one day be tattooing them, there are equal amounts of people who still believe a human tattooist can never be replaced.

One thing is for sure though, when it comes to geometric tattoos, the precision and accuracy of the machine is second to none. With this in mind, many people believe geometric tattoos of the future will most definitely be handled by machine, whereas freehand drawings of objects, people and even typography will still be dealt with by humans.

Sam Rose