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Robots Team Up To 3D Print In Concrete

Written by David

October 15, 2018

AsianScientist (Oct. 15, 2018) – Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) have developed a technology where two robots can work in unison to print a three-dimensional (3D) concrete structure. Their findings are published in Automation in Construction . The ability to 3D print large structures could be a boon for the construction industry, reducing material wastage and construction time. Currently, 3D printing of large concrete structures requires huge printers that are larger than the printed objects, which is unfeasible since most construction sites have space constraints. In this study, researchers led by Assistant Professor Pham Quang Cuong and his team at NTU’s Singapore Center for 3D Printing have tapped on swarm printing, whereby two robotic arms work in concert to create large 3D structures. Printing concrete structures concurrently with two mobile robots was a challenge as both robots had to move into place and start printing their parts […]

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