Brick roads are beautiful and durable, but we don’t see them too often due to the effort it takes to produce them. What once was a labor-intensive, back-breaking job has now become a snap with this automatic Dutch paver laying machine, called the Tiger-Stone. The device rolls out a beautiful and sustainable hardscape, creating an instant road anywhere it travels. While the process may look magical, the secret lies in a smartly designed gravity-based system.
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Looking at the photos on the website has shed some additional light on how this machine works. it appears not to be completely automatic like some paving machines for the more traditional road found in the US. Rather, as the machine moves the bricks are set by hand into the top to create the pattern desired. The large pile of bricks seen in the top of the photo are brick in a storage bin for easy access. As the machine moves down the street gravity pushes the bricks into a tight weave that would normally take the combined strength of a full construction crew.
I imagine this machine could be completely operated by a crew of <6.
Either way, a truly remarkable innovation.
I looks like people need to stand at the hopper and manually arrange the bricks.