Imagine a four ton solar-powered robot that can build houses out of the materials it finds around it… Science fiction? No, it exists – as this article explains. MIT’s Mediated Matter Group have built a prototype, which they have called the Digital Construction Platform (DCP).
I have previously blogged about the concept of 3D printing buildings. Well it turns out this has some major challenges that have not been entirely resolved – the machinery is unwieldy, the technology is unfamiliar to construction workers, and requires a special kind of cement which is not as strong as conventional cement. It turns out the DCP does not have these problems. It’s small, adaptable, easy to use and loaded with sensors so that it can be used in any environment.