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Mobile Robotic Tiling, SEC Singapore-ETH Centre, 2013-2016
Employing robotic technology to construction work has the potential to dramatically increase productivity of the building industry, while providing a constant and reliable high quality. Tiling work in particular is very labour intensive. It is a slow and manual process, which is prone to errors. In addition, the quality of workmanship decreases as skilled workers become increasingly scarce, a situation that is expected to worsen over the coming decade. At the same time, there is an unbroken high demand for tiling work. Annually, over 10 billion square meters of ceramic tiles are consumed worldwide. Given these circumstances, automating tiling work can be of great value. In addition, tiling is a repetitive task and features no complex joinery, which makes it ideally suited for automation. Our proposed solution of an on-site robotic tiling machine can deliver high accuracy of tiling at more than double the speed of conventional work. An important aspect is that our solution can be applied as a as a robotic co-worker that can safely work alongside humans without employing additional security measures. Therefore, our robotic tiling machine can easily be integrated in the existing construction workflow, lowering the entry barrier for adopting this new technology in the building industry.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: ROB Technologies AG
Collaborators: Selen Ercan (project lead), Jonas Furrer, David Jenny
Selected experts: Matthias Heubi, Puneet Pushkarna
Industry partner: SIKA Technology AG, LCS Optiroc Pte. Ltd.
Sponsors: Bouygues Construction

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