October 26, 2015 11:40 am
— Architects and robotics engineers at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Digital Fabrication laboratory have created an autonomous construction robot named In-situ Fabricator, which is capable of laying bricks into pre-programmed structures. The In-Situ Fabricator is the first machine that can go on construction sites and build non-standard designs, which can vary and adapt to the local conditions directly in the building site, according to Matthias Kohler, a professor of architecture and digital fabrication at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich).
Kohler thinks a mobile construction robot in the future is set to “become a game-changer in construction” and will be commonly seen on construction sites in the next five to 10 years. According to Kohler, these robots will collaborate with humans and won’t replace them.
Tags: In-Situ Fabricator, Professor Kohler, robotics, Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research