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Minibuilders by IAAC

Robotics offers great potential towards innovation within the construction industry. However, in their current implementation applied to the architectural field, in particular construction robotics, these systems all share a specific limitation: the objects they produce are linked to and constrained proportionally to the size of the machine. This methodology of production and construction is not scalable. In this sense, to create a house, using current construction robotics, the machine needed must have a work envelope as large as the house itself.

Hence, the project here below elaborated aims to address this particular limitation through the creation of a technology that is both scalable and capable of fabricating structures using tools that are independent of the final product’s shape or size.

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 the implementation of one large machine, a number of much smaller robots were generate, working independently, but in coordination, towards a single goal.

 

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AA 3d Printing Research

Work from AA DRL 2016: 3d printing with a robotic arm which will be embedded with intelligence, being able to scan the environment and the printed geometry and provide feedback. It will also be equipped with a generative algorithm that will adjust the design real-time fully erasing the line between design and fabrication.

 

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What is 3D Printing?

The definitive guide to additive manufacturing.

https://www.3dhubs.com/what-is-3d-printing

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3D Printing Fabrics with Electrospinning

Electroloom the 3D Fabric Printer. More info here:

https://techcrunch.com/2015/06/04/electrolooms-3d-printer-for-fabric-creates-seamless-garments-in-any-size/

http://www.electroloom.com/

 

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Heijman + CyBe – Concrete 3D Printing

Heijmans and CyBe Construction have printed two formworks with a 3D concrete printer. It is the first time in the Netherlands that construction elements have been made in this way. The printed formwork remains part of the construction element and is therefore a form of permanent formwork. The two companies carried out the test to explore possible 3D-printed formwork applications in civil engineering (road and hydraulic engineering). One of the formwork elements has been placed in front of the head office of Heijmans in Rosmalen.

http://www.heijmans.nl/en/news/test-3d-printed-cement-formwork-success/

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Open Dot Lab Milano – Think Big, then Print It!

http://www.opendotlab.it/it/content/think-big-then-print-it

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(TU/e) Unveils Massive Robotic Concrete 3D Printer

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Unveils Massive Robotic Concrete 3D Printer, Displays New Pavilion

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6 axis robotic multi material 3d printing with Kuka Robots in Shanghai

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150203-students-develop-6-axis-kuka-abs-3d-printing-robot-inspired-by-spiderwebs.html

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Harvard Wyss Institute

Harvard Wyss Institute:

A nozzle moves along a preset path sending out a thin stream of silver nanoparticles, while at the same time a laser follows its progress, heating the particles and solidifying them into a freestanding filament thinner than a human hair.

 

http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpressrelease/257

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Skafaldo Project for Milan Design Week 2016

For the Skafaldo project, Unfold decided to utilize Materialise’s eStage software in an extremely unique way. The software is especially useful for automatically generating support structures for SLA prints, creating lightweight, geometric structures to hold up the actual object during the print process. But instead of doing what most would do, which is discarding these support structures in the trash, Unfold instead decided to use the support as in an innovative and artistic way. In order to accomplish this, the team sent basic shapes through the eStage software, took the printed support structures from these objects, and then had them casted in bronze by Factum Arte.

 

Read more:

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2016/04/08/materialises-estage-software-yields-skafaldo-project-for-milan-design-week-2016/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=3DPI+Facebook

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160407-skafoldo-materialise-and-unfold-reimagine-support-structures-as-3d-printed-art.html