The truck-mounted robot uses a patented system to keep its 92-foot long arm stable as it works outside, even in windy weather, and handles heavy blocks. Builders upload a computer file of the design, and the system handles everything else. The robot cuts each brick as needed, and the system feeds them up a conveyor belt, where they’re coated with adhesive and precisely placed in the house (without the need for water or mortar).
The company considers it a 3-D printer, even though it doesn’t work like most. “Instead of loading the printer with a coil of plastic or a coil of wire, we’re loading the 3-D printer with blocks,” says Pivac. “We print a structure, but we’re using a very cheap, very readily available product. It’s still the cheapest building product that you can produce in the world.”
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