There is no doubting that Robotics and 3D printing will change the way we conceptualise and construct our structures. Hence, having a better understanding of these technologies  the hardware and the software; becomes critical for industry experts. Architecture has been using 3D modeling and walkthroughs for client presentations for a while. Now virtual-reality immersive walkthroughs are the next big thing to help your client not just see the space, but actually feel it before it is built.

Robots are speeding up construction
In the few experiments that have been happening across Europe, America and China, robots are being designed to be able to perform multiple movements in place of just one repetitive movement, different construction robots are working with different materials. Meanwhile, designers are looking at innovative construction methods that are possible with the use of robots. In other words, when it comes to robotics, it is not just about having a machine that will build our current buildings faster; instead the exploration looks at what can this machine build in the context of ‘built space.’

3D printing for non-straight lines
As robots get more adept at movement and achieve greater flexibility, architects look at the possibility of moving away from the conventional straight lines. 3D printing technology is experimenting with innovative materials such as with liquids, filaments and other such continuous materials. This is a complete contrast to the block-based brick and mortar (and concrete) structures that we have been building for centuries. In 3D printing, a structure is built from start to finish, and can be built without formwork. These are new concepts for the industry and those working in the commercial space need to understand fully the possibilities that these technologies promise.

3D printing becomes viable in architecture with the introduction of robotics, where machines are developed to build large structures to scale.

With the ongoing exchange of ideas and concepts, it will be interesting to see how the industry evolves in the coming decade. Will progressive freeform structures exist alongside the tradition conservative shapes? Will entire buildings actually be erected in weeks instead of months? What will be the social impact of this technological changes especially in labour intensive nations like India? Will the initial cost of investment be justified by the speed and freedom that it brings?

These are questions that are doing the rounds of the industry across the world. In the pages that follow, we showcase a few of these experiments and invite you to take a more detailed look at the changes and the future of our industry.

Why Robotic construction is the way ahead!

  • Radically reduces construction costs
  • Increases construction speed
  • Little to no building-site construction waste
  • Reduces financing costs for builders because the product is ready for market much quicker
  • Easier and safer work for construction workers
  • Lower insurance costs for builders
  • Increased sustainability over a building’s lifetime