JK Brickworks, a prevalent force in the Lego community, pumps out interesting brick creations regularly. The pointless machine, gravity powered walking animals, and a version of De Vinci’s flying machine can all be found among his creations.

Today’s  “certainly-not-in-the-instructions” build is a mosaic printer.

Using parts from the computer/Lego hybrid Mindstorms, the machine scans a hand-coloured grid using a colour sensor and then “prints” a copy of the image, turning the grid into a mosiac (with each square in the grid becoming a single Lego piece).

The pieces required to build the mosaic are supplied by a gravity feed that holds up to four-hundred and fifty pieces of up to nine different colours. A single small print takes almost twenty minutes, but it’s magic to watch:

We’re going to file this under “extremely interesting with very little use”.

In other news, if you haven’t had your share of Danish plastic for today, the Batmobile from Batman v Superman is getting the Lego treatment, as is the classic Ferrari F40. Prepare your wallets.

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The Batmobile in black… and sometimes very, very dark grey.
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The Ferrari F40 in iconic Ferrari/Lego red.
[Source – Youtube, Images – The Wall Street Journal, Brickset]
Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.