Robots Could 3-D Print your new House


Minibuilders are the new effortless and realistic 3-D house printers from avid construction researchers Petr Novikov and Sasa Jokic. This new introduction is in form or robots that are designed to mix concrete and bring into reality an architectural scale with little human assistance.

The minibots work similar to normal construction cranes but does this using a different style of approach as well as a simpler scale. Although these little robots may not be new in the world of construction, they appear to apply a better and realistic method towards robotic construction.

Unlike other machines, the minibuilders work like a team with each drone having its specialized function to perform. The concept isn’t just one big machine; it is a team of small machines to emulate real human working experience. Minibuilders spot an even interesting distinction: there is no limit as to the size of the building to be crafted. This eliminates the problem of having to work with bigger machines as the size of the building increases.

“The concept of Minibuilders is much more than these three robots, it’s about any construction robots capable of working in teams to create structures much bigger than themselves. We chose to make these three robots because they are all essential to fabricate the most important building elements like walls and ceilings, but the family of Minibuilders can be endlessly extended adding robots with diverse functionalities, from painting to insulation and beyond.” – Researcher Jovic.
So how do these machines work?

The whole construction process begins with a firm footing with the aid of the ‘Foundational Robot’ – this robot moves around with via tracks and uses a line-follower sensor to stay in position. It doesn’t run into curves as a result of the active line-follower sensor which tells it when to steer and to what direction. Foundation Robot has an in-built vertical linear actuator that positions the nozzle in relation to the height of printed layer.

The footprint is made by one or more of these Foundation Robots all through the first 20 layers of the structure. They are programmed to move in a specified path (going back and forth) with pipes connected to the smaller robots which are responsible for supporting the supplier robot to feed the printing material.

Following this, the Grip Robot begins its troweling work after being fastened by a construction worker. Its nozzle is fashioned to dispense horizontally and can bring about a dynamic texture on the building that is being crafted. For so many constructors who adopted the use of robots, the problem of structural imbalance has always been a major concern but the researchers behind Minibuilders seem to have a credible solution to that. A robot that inspects the building and adds reinforcement to the weak regions has been put to place. This undoubtedly is an impressive development to the world of construction in general.

The researchers are hoping that this project (obviously) will play a big role in the future of 3-D house printing and robotic construction.

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