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Robot system 3D-prints entire building structure

Apr 28, 2017, 6:25 AM EDT
(Source: post-apocalyptic research institute/flickr)
(Source: post-apocalyptic research institute/flickr)

The engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a giant, robotic system that can 3D-print the structure of an entire building, thus promising cheaper, faster and more adaptable construction in near future.

The system features a tracked vehicle fitted with a heavy-duty, industrial robotic arm and a precision-motion robotic arm that 3D-prints with a broad range of materials including plastics, metal, glass and even food, notes SciTechDaily.  

The new system scores over other 3D-printing systems with its free-moving design that can construct an object of any size, writes Science Daily. The system is ‘self-sufficient’ and can be solar-powered, which makes it ideal for deployment in crisis-hit or remote areas, where emergency accommodation is urgently required.

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