http://archinect.com/news/article/150006844/mit-s-dcp-robot-can-quickly-print-large-scale-structures-completely-made-of-local-materials

MIT’s DCP robot can quickly print large-scale structures completely made of local materials

The DCP constructed this 50-foot-wide dome in only 13.5 hours. Photo © MIT, via fastcodesign.com.

The DCP constructed this 50-foot-wide dome in only 13.5 hours. Photo © MIT, via fastcodesign.com.
[The] Digital Construction Platform (DCP) [is] a four-ton solar powered robot arm on tank tracks. And yet, it’s a working proof-of-concept that a machine can build a lot like a tree does, sourcing local energy and adapting to local conditions to construct a building out of local materials–anything ranging from dirt, to ice, to moon dust…The tip of the arm is fit with a nozzle that can mix and spray mud, foam, or concrete–basically any viscous building material you could imagine.FastCo.Design

Designed by the MIT Mediated Matter group, the DCP robot is an “experimental enabling technology for large-scale digital manufacturing” that has shown impressive results in printing with various media, including light printing, excavation, welded-chain construction, and additive fabrication with the Print-in-Place process.

The DCP can potentially be used in the design and construction industries, but the lab is diving deeper into how to take their DCP technology to the next level — like constructing ice structures on the Moon or printing “living buildings” made of animal proteins and other microorganisms.

See the DCP in action below.

Video via MIT.
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