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Construction News | December 16, 2019

Bam’s live demonstration of its 3D concrete printer was a major attraction at the Autodesk expo, producing a range of shapes including chairs and mini bridges. The technology, which the contractor says will contribute to solving the industry’s waste problem by creating precise replicas of digital designs, is being deployed on a larger scale in the contractor’s 3D printing facility in the Netherlands. Bam is now working on a 29 m 3D-printed bridge, the world’s longest, for the Dutch  city of Nijmegen. It might resemble the sinister dog-like robots depicted in the Netflix series Black Mirror, but this robot, designed by tech company Boston Dynamics, is designed to help humans. The robot dog named Spot, can also carry up to 14kg and stand back up if knocked over. The four-legged robots are autonomous, and are sturdy enough to tackle the rough terrain of construction sites, where they can be deployed to create BIM models.

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Render Networks | June 14, 2022

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Cornerstone Building Brands | July 28, 2022

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