Researchers from the University of Bath, Imperial College, and University College London have developed robotic drones designed to "print" emergency shelters. The flying robots will autonomously assess and manufacture building structures to help areas suffering from natural disasters.

Using Building Information Management (BIM) systems, the drones in production could fly to a disaster zone, scan and model the landscape, design temporary shelters, and construct them on the spot.

The team plans to miniaturize the Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing, or ABM, process. The robots will act as flying mini-factories, landing at to a construction site and working together to create buildings from scratch.

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