We recently heard that San Francisco start-up Apis Cor built a whole house in just 24 hours, using its mobile 3D printer. Now, MIT seems to have topped this. Engadget reports that the institute has created a mobile autonomous 3D printer of its own, and using it, has fashioned a 12-foot tall, 50-foot-wide igloo out of quick-setting foam… in a mere 13 hours. It is important to note that this is the largest such structure made by a robot to date.
The team of MIT researchers behind this magic feel automation should help lower construction costs and expedite building times. Their 3D-printing tech, the ‘Digital Construction Platform’, consists of a large hydraulic arm mounted on caterpillar treads. What’s brilliant about the system is that it is entirely powered by solar energy. Still, there’s work to do on the machine. For instance, the team wants to give it proximity sensors. This way, it won’t crash into things/people.