New MIT robot can 3D print entire building structure in less than 14 hours

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a robotic system that built the basic structure of a building in less than 14 hours. The dome-like structure is 50 feet in diameter and 12 feet high.

The prototype is essentially a vehicle with a large industrial robotic arm for reach, and a smaller arm for dexterity. Different tools can be attached to the smaller arm, such as a welding system or a spray head that shoots out building materials like foam.

“With this process, we can replace one of the key parts of making a building, right now. It could be integrated into a building site tomorrow,” said Steven Keating, co-author of a paper published in the journal “Science Robotics.”

From: New MIT robot can 3D print entire building structure in less than 14 hours – May. 2, 2017

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2 thoughts on “New MIT robot can 3D print entire building structure in less than 14 hours

  1. I have seen lots of robots that can assemble or print buildings, but has anyone seen one of these fielded on an actual building site (not a test site) or heard of any civil code changes to allow them to operate?

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  2. Well, we now know what’s going on Elon Musk’s first Mars lander. (along with the robots needed to turn Mars surface into feedstock.)

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