ScrAPP: Enabling Reuse of Scrap Materials with a Smartphone

Troels Ammitsbøl Rasmussen, Asbjørn Stensgaard, Thomas Winding, Timothy Merritt

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Abstract

We introduce scrAPP, a smartphone app that helps designers reuse odd-shaped scrap sheet materials. scrAPP uses a smartphone camera to capture the contour of scrap materials providing precise measurements on the spot enabling users to quickly determine if their CAD models will fit on the material and to then place the models for cutting. This work contributes to the body of work focused on sustainability in digital fabrication through the development of tools for designers. The paper describes the rationale and user-centered approach to the development of scrAPP as well as insights into the needs of creative users gathered from an exploratory preliminary user study. A number of challenges in terms of technical implementation and user experience are explored, and conclusions on the future support for mobile material reuse are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of MobileHCI 2021 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction : Mobile Apart, Mobile Together
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date27 Sep 2021
Article number3474856
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383295
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2021
Event23rd ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, Mobile Together, MobileHCI 2021 - Virtual, Online, France
Duration: 27 Sep 20211 Oct 2021

Conference

Conference23rd ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, Mobile Together, MobileHCI 2021
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityVirtual, Online
Period27/09/202101/10/2021
SponsorACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)

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Keywords

  • cnc cutting machines
  • computer numerical control cutting machines
  • computer vision
  • digital fabrication
  • mobile design tools
  • sustainability

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