Thanks to recent advances in technology, scientists and engineers think that it is entirely possible for robots to build tall buildings. Robotic construction reduces risks and improves the quality of the building.
A swarm of robots will take care of this
Using a large robot would be too cumbersome and if it breaks down the construction will stop. What if we used swarms of small robots? They can be easily moved and built larger structures. Swarms of robots will crawl or fly high to build large structures according to their programming.
In research by Dr. Justin Werfel of Harvard and Dr. Kirstin Petersen, the robots were inspired by termites. Dr Petersen said: ‘Termites have built their nests with complex structures and dimensions that are larger than their size. Try to think of giant constructions. If they could create a swarm of such robots, they could build the Eiffel Tower without a draft. That would be great.”
Building monumental structures will be easier than ever with robots.
Whegtronic robots will pick up specially crafted bricks and then bring them to the appropriate location and release them to build large structures. This is already pretty amazing, but what makes them particularly interesting is that they act independently. Each robot only works according to what is programmed and there is no coordination.
Robot in charge of pouring concrete
With the Whegtronic robot, we cannot move concrete to the construction site. So researchers at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia created Minibuilder to take care of this. Imagine it’s a robot that acts like a giant 3D printer with pipes containing concrete. Each one will be attached to a central concrete bucket to supply the constructions. Thus, the swarm of small robots must be programmed and kept at a reasonable distance to avoid tangled pipes.
The combination of swarm of robots and Minibuilders will create a perfect construction machine. This is a great idea for the future construction industry. Robots will take on all the dangerous jobs like building huge structures or exploring dangerous locations.
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