Gallery: Solar-Powered ‘Stone Spray’ 3D Printer Robot Creates Entire Bu...

 

3D printers are one of the most exciting emerging technologies in the field of design – so far we’ve showcased printers that can create everything from furniture to food and even robotic exoskeletons. Now imagine living in a house made using a 3D printer. It’s not so far away, thanks to Stone Spray – a solar-powered robotic 3D printer that can create entire buildings out of sand!

Although it is still in its early stages, the Stone Spray robot shows great potential for 3D printing ecologically-friendly structures. The robotic device blends soil sourced on-site with a binder (which is composed of LEED-Certified components), and then sprays the mixture onto a surface. The soil solidifies as the machine works, allow it to create sculptural forms.

The robot is controlled by computer and, unlike other 3D printers, has the ability to print in multiple directions on both the vertical and horizontal plane. The device runs on solar power and has been used to create furniture, load-bearing walls and support-free sculptural shapes.

The robot was developed by Inder Shergill, Anna Kulik, and Petr Novikov under the supervision of Jordi Portell, Marta Male Alemany and Miquel Iloveras of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. The IAAC is a research and education center in Spain dedicated to the development of sustainable architecture and with this project, they hope to “push further the boundaries of digital manufacturing and explore the possibilities of an on-site fabrication machines.”

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  1. Ann-Margreth Bohl June 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Hi,
    I am artist working in stone, I am currently preparing for a residency& show taking place summer 2015 in a contemporary craft gallery in Cirencester.
    As part of the project I am exploring CAD/CNC&3-D Printing, aiming to include aspects of it into my stone carvings.
    The venue is planning to host some talks on the possibilities digital technology can offer to produce on site with materials available, making production more ethical, schools of the area will be invited to participate in this discussion by taking part in ‘traditional’ stone carving workshops as well as coming in contact with digital designing& manufacturing.
    Can the ‘stone-spray-robot’ use stone powder as well as sand?
    Which software supports the ‘stone-spray-robot’.
    I be interested to receive any information you could pass my way.
    Many Thanks
    Ann-Margreth

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