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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 different