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A Robotic 3D Printer That Uses Sand To Produce Sculptures
By John Yong, 06 Aug 2012
Architects Petr Novikov, Inder Shergill and Anna Kulik, from the Institute for Advance Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) have created a robotic 3D printer that is capable of producing sculptures made out of sand.
Called the ‘Stone Spray’, it uses sand as a base material, while a liquid solidifier binds and hardens the sand grains when sprayed onto a surface—allowing it to create beautiful, intricate sand sculptures.
The robot is controlled via a computer and unlike other 3D printers, it can print ‘multi-directionally’—even on vertical surfaces.
The Stone Spray robot was created as part of a research project to ‘push the boundaries of digital manufacturing’ and ‘explore the possibilities’ of on-site fabrication machines.
[via Stone Spray Project]
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