Austrian startup Printstone has been developing 3D printing robot since 2017 and just unveiled its newest prototype, a mobile multitasking construction bot called Baubot.
Like machines from Japan’s National Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute, Fastbrick Robotics, Fraunhofer Italia Center for Innovative Engineering and others, Baubot is being developed to support and automate the industry. construction, improving site safety while reducing overall costs when it operates.
The electric-controlled robot gets where it needs to be on tank-like all-terrain tracks with a top speed of 3.2 km / h (2 mph) and can be controlled manually using a smartphone interface programmed or programmed commands. It is reportedly capable of climbing stairs, navigable through doorways, and has a charge-per-charge up to eight hours.
Baubot’s multifunctional robotic arm has a reach of 1,000 mm (39 in), has an accuracy of less than 1 mm, and can accommodate a number of different tools to help perform construction tasks such as milling and drilling, and steering. screws, plasma cutting, welding, laying bricks, sanding and surface painting, etc.The robot can also carry a payload of up to 500 kg (1,100 lb) on its back, so it can also transport the material to where it is needed. .
The built-in camera allows for field monitoring, has a built-in illumination for working all night, and a built-in display to display status messages and advisory messages to colleagues. Printstone says it “takes almost no set-up time” and can be delivered to the destination using a standard means of transport.
The development team aims to work on AI simulations of the future workplace, so that robots can benefit from thousands of hours of pre-arrival training. And a Baubot doesn’t have to help human construction workers.
“What will start when collaboration between simple robots can evolve into groups of robots working together allowing innovation in different fields, such as in situ positioning,” the company said. environmental recognition, and new intelligent tools and processes, “the company said.
Third-party developers can add their own toolkit and create new applications for the mobile robot through the SDK interface and platform design that can extend beyond the build site to move on to shipbuilding or aircraft manufacturing or can be used for infrastructure testing.
Baubot is still in the prototype stage, but the video below shows the kind of work it could get on at the start of commercial production. Printstone is currently looking for applications to program its test projects.