This week in Construction Technology News: A unique shape-shifting building material based on pinecones is being developed, a brick-laying robot can build 150 homes per year, and a new thermal coating spray can make metals stronger. Read more Construction Technology News below.
A SHAPE-SHIFTING BUILDING MATERIAL BASED ON PINECONES – Phys.org
Chao Chen, a student in the Masters Program at the Royal College of Art in London has come up with a unique building material—a surface that changes its appearance automatically when exposed to water, whether directly, or via humidity. He has told the media that the new material was inspired by pinecones. READ MORE
BRICK-LAYING ROBOT CAN BUILD 150 HOMES PER YEAR – Construction Global
As robots get smarter, cheaper and more versatile, they’re taking on a growing number of challenges – and bricklaying can now be added to the list. Engineers in Perth, Australia, have created a fully working house-building machine that can create the brick framework of a property in just two days, working about 20 times faster than a human bricklayer. READ MORE
NEW THERMAL SPRAY MAKES METAL STRONGER – Phys.org
A company spawned by an experiment on lawn mower blades has mushroomed into a national leader in high-temperature coatings that alter the surface properties of metal. The coatings can change the electrical conductivity of metal or make it resist corrosion or wear. READ MORE