Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The house-building robot

Potentially obsolescing yet another line of work that doesn't involve people sitting around staring at screens all day, there's now a working prototype of a robot that can "print out" buildings. The "contour crafter", which is like a giant 3D printer, hangs from a crain and uses a computer-guided nozzle to shoot wet concrete exactly according to an architect's plans. Behrokh Khoshnevis, an engineer from the University of Southern California who created the robot, says the the goal is to be able to build a single-story, 2000 square foot home in one day.

[Thanks, Jill]

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