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Robotic 3D Printer Creates Structures Out Of Soil & Sand [Video]

Robotic 3D Printer Creates Structures Out Of Soil & Sand [Video]
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The ‘Stone Spray’ research project developed a device that sprays a mixture containing a binding agent, which solidifies on a surface to create innovative architecture.

Emma Hutchings
  • 7 august 2012

Stone Spray‘ is a recent research project by Anna Kulik, Inder Shergill, and Petr Novikov in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. The goal was to research the field of additive manufacturing in architecture and propose a new eco-friendly, efficient, and interesting system for printing architecture in 3D.

Robotic 3D Printer Creates Architecture Out Of Soil & Sand [Video]

The group created a robotic 3D printer that collects soil or sand and then sprays it through a nozzle along with a binding agent. This mixture solidifies when it hits a surface, creating pieces of architecture. The shape of the structure is determined by the robot’s controller, who can alter its movements using a computer. The robot can even print multi-directionally and on vertical surfaces. You can watch the project video below:

Stone Spray Project

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