Small robots printing big structures

Large-scale 3D printing isn't a new technology, but past experiments have required massively intensive infrastructure. Minibuilders was conceptualized as a community of three modestly sized robots which were tasked with very specific jobs that aggregated to a large scale operation.

Each robot completes its programmed job in sequence to fully construct an automated, inhabitable structure. Ultimately Minibuilders shows the capacity for robotics to have a significant impact on the architecture discipline and industry.

See more process at

And an in depth research paper (pdf) on the Grip Robot

Minibuilders is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia,

developed durning Open Thesis Fabrication in 2013 by:

Researchers: Shihui Jin, Stuart Maggs, Dori Sadan and Cristina Nan

Faculty: Saša Jokić and Petr Novikov

Sponsored by: SD Ventures