Starting as a niche technology, 3D printing has been around for a long time. And talk of how this technology could transform the construction industry, largely theoretical, has long circulated, too. But now, thanks to young entrepreneurs Chris Kelsey and Fernando De los Rios, we can expect to see 3D printing robots on building sites rather than hundred of masons in Dubai, and around the world.Read more
SET in the heart of Cambridge, the chapel at King’s College is rightly famous. Built in the Gothic style, and finished in 1515, its ceiling is particularly remarkable. From below it looks like a living web of stone (see picture below).Read more
The time where we could speak about ‘robots taking our jobs’ at the future tense has passed. Many factories around the world are already replacing their workforce with robots — and it’s working out for them. Now, a new robot called SAM might revolutionize brick-laying, but it might also leave lots of people without a job.Read more
If you’re looking to move but can’t find the house of your dreams, you may be able to just print out what you’re after in the near future. 3D-printing startup Apis Co has come up with an affordable solution for building new houses.Read more
In a workshop south-east of Stuttgart’s city centre, builders can fly. Here, programmed by students at Stuttgart University’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD), drones buzz around like purposeful bees, fetching and carrying long threads of carbon fibre spun by a robot in the middle of the room.Read more
Imagine a 3-d printer so large that it can spit out entire buildings made from stone. Sounds science fiction-y, right? But that’s exactly what designer Enrico Dini created with his prototype D-Shape printer. Dini hopes to use the printer to create buildings made of stone and eventually, moon dust.Read more
Behold, the world’s first 3D-printed pedestrian bridge. Inaugurated December 14 in the park of Castilla-La Mancha in Alcobendas, just south of Madrid in Spain, the 40-foot-long is made up of eight parts, each one comprising layers of fused concrete powder micro-reinforced with thermoplastic polypropylene.Read more
Fastbrick Robotics has just released a new animation video of the Hadrian X, Australia’s next generation one-armed brick laying robot.The simulated commercial prototype acts like a giant 3D printer to build a house.
The Hadrian X is being built to do in an hour what would take two human bricklayers almost a day to complete. The truck-mounted, fully-automated bricklaying machine can lay up to 1,000 standard bricks an hour from a 30 metre boom.Read more
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.Read more
China has been at the forefront of construction 3D printing since 2014, when the Shanghai-based company WinSun made headlines for building ten 3D printed houses in less than 24 hours.
But they are not the only concrete 3D printing pioneers that can be found in China, as Beijing HuaShang Tengda Industry and Trade has emerged as a challenger.Read more
There is a growing popularity in 3D printed concrete forms in recent years, which has many people waiting for an age of 3D printed houses and buildings. Impremere AG is one company who is developing their own methods for printing in concrete.
Additive Manufacturing is known for its time and money saving abilities, and the printers at Imprimere are no differentRead more