Visiting the well-known dazzling structure “Walt Disney Concert Hall”, you will find out that it was designed by a computer system and built by automated robotic arms. A London-based startup, ‘Ai Build’, plans to pave the way to 3D printing on large scales.
The industrial-grade Kuka robotic arms are being equipped with artificial intelligence and “3D printing guns” by the company in order to 3D print large structures that emphasize on maximizing efficiency with labor and materials.
While considering traditional commercial construction and wondering what a more efficient and automated process might look like, the founder and CEO Daghan Cam came up with the technology.
In order to unveil the 3D printed “Daedalus Pavilion” at the GPU Technology Conference in Amsterdam, the company affiliated with the engineering consulting firm “Arup Engineers” in October. The 48 parts of the approximately 16 feet wide and 14 feet tall structure were printed in 15 days and assembled in less than a day.
Video cameras outfitted with machine learning algorithms are being employed by Ai Build’s system so that robots can learn from their mistakes and hence are capable of working more quickly, correcting for errors on the fly rather than moving slowly to avoid them. The Ai Build’s arms are capable of printing in “half the time” it would take via standard techniques, as per Cam. It’s a nod to a new wave of independently creative robots and AI systems that are slowly entering the manufacturing industry.
The vision of additive construction becoming an alternative to traditional construction does not seem like a distant reality by leveraging cost-efficient materials and AI. It will be very exciting to witness what other robotic systems Ai Build pairs their technology with as it progresses. The future of 3D printing sure looks promising with such amazing feats being performed, let’s see how things pan out for 3D printing.