Computer Wood Imaging with a Blow Torch

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 05/26/2013 9:02PM


Who needs an ink jet printer when a blow torch can do the job, expecially when the job is to print on wood?

Such is the base concept of FireWriter created by Lucien Langton of ECAL, a high-brow arts school in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Langton's FireWrite is a modified an inkjet printer that accommodates a Dremel butane torch that shoots a flame up to 1200C. The device produces renderings dot by dot from imported black and white images onto wood, paper, plastic and other substrates.


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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