Sustainable Construction with Large-Scale Potential

The Cornell School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is making leaps in additive manufacturing with a 3D-printing robot that may be suitable for large construction projects and more.

“The robotic system is versatile and flexible,” said Sriramya Nair , assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. “One of the ways we are using it is for 3D-printing of concrete, but it can be used in other ways, too. You can attach a welder or laser system. You can stack bricks or tie rebar. Many tedious processes can be automated.”