Loz Blain reports: This MIT robot, rolling on tank tracks, can already 3D-print a concrete dome structure in 14 hours. But the development team has plans to have it roaming the land on its own, selecting and clearing building sites, designing homes, gathering building materials and completing construction without any human intervention.
If you’re a pessimist, you can start adding “construction worker” to the long list of jobs that are coming under threat from an accelerating wave of technological development.
It seems fairly clear at this point that large-scale 3D printing has some pretty awesome potential. We’ve already seen how automated, on-site 3D printing machines can smash out 10 basic concrete houses in the space of 24 hours.
Now, an MIT team has demonstrated its own prototype, a 3D printing robot that rolls around on tank-style tracks. While it’s currently capable of building a simple, 50-foot diameter insulated concrete dome structure inside 14 hours, the team has some pretty amazing ideas for its future … (read more)