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

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 () 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.

Endesa Pavilion / IaaC

© Adrià Goula

Architects: IaaC
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula