Flying robots build structure


18 Responses to “Flying robots build structure”

  1. Jack Holmes says:

    All my RTS dreams are coming true!

  2. pKp says:

    “: The ceiling of the room where the assembly is taking place was equipped with a motion-capture system. ”
    So it can’t scale yet, then. Still fascinating (and French, yay).

  3. rigs says:

    any idea what kind of quadcopters they’re using?

  4. soodonim says:

    It can scale if they make the motion-capture system a couple of helicopters flying above the site watching everything, instead of ceiling mounted.

    If they made the blocks have internal , interlinking conduits, the finished structure could be pumped full of concrete from a single point at the bottom (by a robot, of course), and the styrofoam blocks would weather away to reveal a permanant skeletal structure.

    Or, I’d like to see them just lathe that structure as-is, and it would be fairly durable.

  5. This will not end well…..

  6. bcsizemo says:

    Kind of along the lines of what soodonim said, it wouldn’t be hard to overcome the “indoor” aspect of it.

    It’d be pretty sweet to see this all packaged into a tractor trailer, add in a compressed earth block machine and a couple of the flying units/their associated hardware and you’d be able to construct a building while just providing the raw materials.

    I guess depending on how environmentally friendly you want to be, this isn’t really the best idea.  I mean the fuel usage for flying +40lb blocks would be much higher than having loaders and people laying them.  But in terms of efficiency and time this would rock pretty hard.

  7. anansi133 says:

    How is this cooler than a robotic building crane? Let the copters help erect the crane, and then let the crane do the lifting. Steel cable and beam is a lot better than air rotors to bring a building up.

  8. pjk says:

    I’ve still got my money on some sort of robotic anty crawly builder bots. I just can’t imagine hovering one million tons worth of  concrete and steel will ever be energy efficient.

  9. hungryjoe says:

    Does this solve a problem?  We already have great big cranes, and I suspect that they operate more efficiently than one of these quad-rotor situations would.  

    It’s pretty neat, though.

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  11. beau comeaux says:

    i, for one, welcome our new labor union robot overlords

  12. LightningRose says:

    Sheeeeit! This is not news. How do you think the Egyptian pyramids were built?

  13. Ryan McGowan says:

    All these comments about cranes being more efficient, I think they are forgetting the limitations of a crane. A crane only works then access is available above. You can’t deliver a component to the middle of a floor that has already been built on top of.  Also, srchitects have to design buildings according to how they can be built with cranes, to the point that they even have plans for the crane’s location itself, and how it will deliver components. A robotic helicopter also has the advantage of being able to work in multiple at the same location. You can’t really have two cranes delivering components at close locations. As well, the helicopters don’t need to be stored on the job site, eliminating the room it takes up and the hazards it brings.

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