Researchers at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia have created a robot that uses 3-D printing to construct buildings using sand and soil.
The Stone Spray Project is the brainchild of students Anna Kulik, Inder Shergill, and Petr Novikov. Using a jet spray system, their hand-built machine collects sand and combines it with an ecologically friendly liquid. The result is a durable material, both weather and wind resistant, that can be used to print architecture. The machine’s printer is controlled by a computer and directed by the computer’s user, and is able to move in various directions to create 3-D sculptural forms. Adding to its sustainable credentials, it runs entirely on energy from the sun.
We reported on Markus Kayser’s resourceful project, The Solar Sinter, last year, in which he used desert sand and a 3-D printing machine (which also turns the sun’s energy into power), to create three-dimensional tableware.
As the debate around sustainability and diminishing natural resources continues, both projects provide an innovative and efficient alternative for product manufacturing. Scroll down for more images via Designboom. – Samantha Fox