These wall-climbing swarm construction robots mark a breakthrough in robotic construction and bots working together.
The proper name for the spiderbots is the “Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures,” and it’s designed by the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart.
The system relies on multiple Roomba-esque robots, which climb up walls, passing around a spool of carbon fiber to weave an intricate structure.
In the demo in the video, two robots weave a hammock. The robots pass off the spool to one another, looping it around premade anchor points in the wall to build the final product. It’s not fast, but it’s also easy to imagine how a swarm of these robots could make a finished structure — a bridge, for example — from a skeleton in no time.