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

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
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 Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

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.

The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot can travel in any direction across the structure adding extra layers to strengthen the structure.. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Strengthening layers added by Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia +14

Skate Park Nou Barris / SCOB

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Studio for Arranz Bravo / Garcés - De Seta - Bonet

01:00 - 26 May, 2014
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Reforma y Rehabilitación de la Nave Industrial Can Minguell / Toni Gironès

01:00 - 25 May, 2014
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  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    2100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
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    Courtesy of Toni Gironès

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

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  • Location

    Travessera de Dalt, 92, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle i Pagès
  • Heads of Groups

    Angel Sendarrubias, Pau Casaldáliga
  • Project Managers

    Ute Müncheberg
  • Area

    5704.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
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Reforma en Casp 63 / Carles Enrich Gimenez

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
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  • Location

    Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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BCN - NYC Urban Bridge 2014

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
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Throughout 2014, three major New York 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 “Barcelona-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

Disseny Hub Barcelona Oficinas para el museo FAD y BCD / BAAS Arquitectura

01:00 - 10 April, 2014
Disseny Hub Barcelona Oficinas para el museo FAD y BCD / BAAS Arquitectura, © Marcela Grassi
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    Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jordi Badia
  • Design Team

    Rafael Berengena
  • Area

    2074.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
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01:00 - 4 April, 2014
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  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Francesc Puig Esteban, Anna Fumadó Ciutat
  • Budget

    312.000 euros
  • Project Area

    216.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
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01:00 - 28 March, 2014
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    Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
  • Cost

    765 €/M2
  • Area

    85.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Triton Building / Saeta Estudi + Lluís Cantallops + Juan Domingo

01:00 - 23 March, 2014
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Hotel The Mirror Barcelona / GCA Arquitectes

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
Hotel The Mirror Barcelona / GCA Arquitectes, © Jordi Miralles
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kumon | Centro Córcega, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
  • Partner Architect

    Josep Riu de Martín
  • Architect in Charge

    Emilio Rodríguez-Martos
  • Area

    3300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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01:00 - 26 February, 2014
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Casa Tomás / LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona

06:00 - 18 February, 2014
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127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

01:00 - 8 February, 2014
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216 Social Dwellings for students and professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
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Edificio de viviendas en Barcelona / Josep Lluís Mateo

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Passatge Marimon, 5, 08021 Barcelona, Spain
  • Structure

    BOMA Inpasa
  • Constructor

    Delfor95
  • Area

    907.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
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Born CC Library / Jorge Pérez Vale

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
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