The Roomba has made all of our lives easier from cleaning up after us to serving up some much-needed laughs moonlighting as "DJ Roomba." Someday soon you may be seeing a similar looking robot make an appearance in the world of architecture. Designer Han Seok Nam is looking to cut down on labor costs and up efficiency with his design, Archibot. The mobile printer works with in-room sensors to print uploaded CAD files that signify different construction points and plans right onto the floor of a work area.
The recently patented Archibot has been designed to recognize where building elements such as doors and walls need to be built. The printed plans can be compared to larger print-outs, making them easy to interpret and cross-check for both architects and contractors. Check out the video to see how it all comes together:
The design is aimed at changing the way architects and contractors work together in a construction area. In the designer's more tech savvy words:
The idea is about a robotic printing machine that can automatically print out DWG file-based architecture plan such as Auto CAD file on a construction site on a 1-to-1 scale so that construction workers can easily build up dry wall along with the printed lines without an interpretation of construction document and marking process by themselves. The printing system is expected to lessen an error of conventional way in measurement that is manually operated by man.
While most of the work will be taken on by Archibot, there is still very much a need for a human eye—who will be there to check and make sure Archibot doesn't go all I, Robot on our asses? (Or more seriously, print an error.) Nam is currently working with industry experts to create the robo-printer.
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