Automated Construction of Block-Based Structural Assemblies

Advanced automated operations are poised to revolutionize the construction industry, allowing for safer, more efficient and cost-effective structures, increased resilience and sustainability. To enable the required level of efficiency in the automated procedures, however, research is still needed towards the definition of novel structural solutions to accomodate the robotic operations. In this context, we use parametric building components, the droxel, which is a universal block that allows for increased laying tolerance and does not require mortar.

In our lab, we develop the software and hardware toolsets required to perform automated construction of different types of structures for horizontal and vertical infrastructure applications. Our research shows that the adoption of the droxels as the main building component allows for mortar-less gravity-based structures to be placed by means of robotic operations.  

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Different views of the robotic construction test space.