New Building Block
Innovative Approach to Robotic Construction
U.S. Patent 9.194,125
The key feature of the new block is a triangle structure embedded into it. This provides following important properties:
- No other reinforcement is needed;
- A wall is constructed by placing the block on top of each other and bolting them (see Figure 1);
- No skill is needed, the construction is cheaper and faster;
- Consistent quality of the wall due to the simplicity of the construction process;
- Easy to automate because only basic operations are involved;
- The triangle structure is load-bearing, therefore new materials with better insulation properties are used for the block's body, such as light concretes or cellular (foam) glass;
- The triangle structures create a lattice embedded into the wall with improved mechanical strength, suitable for areas with seismic activity (see Figure 1);
- The block is manufactured in a controlled environment providing consistent quality;
- Economy of scale allows to reduce the block's cost.
Simple Construction, Improved Quality
The block has modifications such as corner blocks, blocks for doors and windows, and others. Similar to the toy set Lego®, only a small set of block forms is needed to erect complex buildings. A relatively small set of block forms reduces the architectural design cost and complexity of corresponding software.
The new building block initially can be used for low-story buildings, such as individual houses, where mechanical load on bearing walls is relatively low. Houses built with the new block will improve existing houses in North America in following areas1:
- Reduced cost of construction;
- Fast construction;
- Consistent quality;
- No mold formation in the walls;
- Low energy bills;
- High durability;
- Low maintenance cost;
- Clean for ecology;
- High mechanical strength and high resistance to hurricanes and earthquakes.
Our mission is provide intellectual property by a partnering with a construction corporation interested in the technology of the 21st century. Also we are looking for the investors to promote this new and exciting invention.