We have featured many different types of 3D printing devices here on Geeky Gadgets over the past few years and even some larger machines that are capable of printing using liquid concrete.
However researchers at The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona have this month unveiled new cement laying Minibuilder construction robots they have created, that are capable of creating unique shapes and constructions using concrete.
Each of the Minibuilder construction robots has been designed for and assigned a different task and a group of robots is capable of working together to create structures with the foundation robot laying down the structures base while the Grip robot then applies the constructions outer layer. Check out the video below to see the Minibuilder robots in action and to learn more about their design.
“There has always been a close relationship between architecture and technology. Yet, in recent times, architecture has stagnated and the construction industry has been slow to adopt technologies that are already well established in other fields. Robotics and Additive Manufacturing offer great potential towards innovation within the construction industry.
The objective was to develop a family of small scale construction robots, all mobile and capable of constructing objects far larger than the robot itself. Moreover, each of the robots developed was to perform a diverse task, linked to the different phases of construction, finally working together as a family towards the implementation of a single structural outcome. Hence, instead of one large machine, a number of much smaller robots working independently, but in coordination, towards a single goal.”
For more information on the new Minibuilder construction robots jump over to the IAAC website for details.
Source: Tech Crunch