IAAC Invents a Family of Robots to 3D Print Structures of Any Size

The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of

One of the major challenges in translating 3D Printing technology into architecture has been the issue of scale. So far, this has generally resulted in ever larger printers, with one of the most successful examples being the KamerMaker, which has been used to 3D print a Dutch Canal House in 2x2x3.5 metre chunks. However, recognizing the limitations on the size of 3D printers, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has developed a family of three small, mobile robots which together can print a structure of any size.

Read on after the break for more on the process.

Studio for Arranz Bravo / Garcés – De Seta – Bonet

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Architects: Garcés – De Seta – Bonet
Location: Túnels de Vallvidrera, Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Jordi Garcés
Area: 167 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Reforma y Rehabilitación de la Nave Industrial Can Minguell / Toni Gironès

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Architects: Toni Gironès
Location: , Spain
Area: 2100.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Toni Gironès

Atlantida Auditorium / UTE Llinàs-Llobet-Ayesta-Vives

© Filippo Poli

Architects: UTE Llinàs-Llobet-Ayesta-Vives
Location: Vic, Barcelona,
Director Architect: Josep Llinàs
Associates Architects: Josep Llobet, Pedro Ayesta, Laia Vives
Area: 10,500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Filippo Poli

“Santa Madrona” – 62 Social Dwellings / Pich-Aguilera Architects

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Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
Location: Travessera de Dalt, Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle i Pagès
Area: 5,704 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Simon García

Reforma en Casp 63 / Carles Enrich Gimenez

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Architects: Carles Enrich Gimenez
Location: Eixample, ,
Area: 92 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Carles Enrich Gimenez

BCN – NYC Urban Bridge 2014

Throughout 2014, three major institutions – the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College – will be hosting exhibitions and programs that will celebrate Catalan architecture in New York City. These events serve as the foundation for “-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

Defined by their grids and their waterfronts, Barcelona and New York are also distinguished by the passionate devotion of their dwellers to the life of the city. Visit the calendar of events to learn more about the connections between these two great cultural capitals.

Disseny Hub Barcelona Offices for the Museum FAD & BCD / BAAS Arquitectura

© Marcela Grassi

Architects: BAAS Arquitectura
Location: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Jordi Badia
Design Team: Rafael Berengena
Area: 2,074 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcela Grassi, Pedro Pegenaute

Vertical Patio House / Estudi NAO

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Architects: Estudi NAO
Location: ,
Project Architects: Francesc Puig Esteban, Anna Fumadó Ciutat
Project Area: 216 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

Refurbishment of a Flat in Barcelona / M2arquitectura

© Gerard García Vilarrasa

Architects: M2arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
Cost: 765 €/sqm
Area: 85 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gerard García Vilarrasa

Triton Building / Saeta Estudi + Lluís Cantallops + Juan Domingo

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Architects: Saeta Estudi, Lluís Cantallops,
Location: Passeig Calvell, 45, 08005 Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Bet Cantallops, Pere Ortega , Lluís Cantallops, Juan Domingo
Area: 12290.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Saeta estudi

Hotel The Mirror Barcelona / GCA Arquitectes

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Architects: GCA Arquitectes
Location: Kumon | Centro Córcega, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
Partner Architect: Josep Riu de Martín
Architect In Charge: Emilio Rodríguez-Martos
Area: 3300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Miralles

Beach Modules / Màrius Quintana Creus

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Architects: Màrius Quintana Creus
Location: Barcelona,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Casa Tomás / LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona

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Architects: LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona
Location: Carrer de Pujol, 24, 08022 Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Pepe Gascón, Víctor Sala
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

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Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
Location: , Spain
Architects In Charge: Eduard Bru, Neus Lacomba, Victor Setoain
Area: 16,613 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jordi Surroca, Adriá Goula

Edificio de viviendas en Barcelona / Josep Lluís Mateo

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Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: Passatge Marimon, 5, 08021 Barcelona,
Structure: BOMA Inpasa
Constructor: Delfor95
Area: 907.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

216 Social Dwellings for Students and Professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain

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Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
Location: , Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Area: 17,536 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: J. Bernadó, Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain

Olivia Balmes Hotel / Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia

© Enrique Armisén

Architects: Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia
Interiors: GCA architects-Josep Riu de Martin
Location: Carrer de Balmes, 115, 08006 , Spain
Architect In Charge: Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia
Area: 9437.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Enrique Armisén