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Flying 3D Printer Can Access Hard To Reach Construction Sites [Video]

Flying 3D Printer Can Access Hard To Reach Construction Sites [Video]

The MUPPette is a flying 3D printer with unlimited size restraints that could be used for humanitarian purposes.

Tiffany Nesbit

Companies across the globe have come to appreciate the use of 3D printers, even using them to create homes. But there remains a lack of unmanned mobile 3D printers that that can produce items in unconventional spaces. In hopes of closing this gap, Gensler‘s LA office has begun a multi-year research project to develop a device with those capabilities.

April 2014 marked the conclusion of Gensler’s first year of research into mobile 3D printing, and the result is The Mobile Unmanned Printing Platform (MUPPette). MUPPette is a hexacopter that allows unlimited X-Y-Z axis mobility to push the limits of 3D printing. Its three-part system includes a robotic platform composed of lightweight PLA plastic, a 3D printer, and a camera gimbal that was redesigned to stabilize the movement of the printer.

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The Gensler team sees numerous opportunities for the MUPPEtte, imagining a variety of construction purposes. In commercial construction they could be combined with other smart devices to create the layout and construction of building elements in place, while a larger version could be sent to sites inaccessible by normal modes of transportation to serve humanitarian relief purposes.

To view the prototype in action, watch the video below; and be sure to check back in as PSFK will bring you more information on this project as it becomes available.

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