“The Break the Grid initiative has a plan for repairing the environment: give 3D printers the ability to autonomously navigate the world around them.
To that end, the three Danish companies behind the initiative — GXN Innovation, The Danish AM Hub, and Map Architects — teamed up to imagine what mobile 3D printers might look like, transforming the devices into bizarre-looking robots that can crawl, swim, and even fly.
The group designed each of its three robots to serve a specific purpose.
The six-legged crawling 3D printer would skitter across roads, filling cracks in asphalt, while the swimming 3D printer would mix glue with sand from the ocean floor to build coast-protecting artificial reefs. The flying 3D printer, meanwhile, would add thermal insulation to older high-rises…”