Making road construction faster, easier, and completed on time: The Road Printer

by Mike
Posted December 17th, 2009 at 9:00 am


I can certainly appreciate the hard work that most road construction workers do. Rain or shine, hot or cold, those guys and gals are out there in elements that most of us simple hate, doing hard physical labor. But as technology advances, we’re going to find more mundane and physical jobs taken out of the mix, replaced with robotic counterparts. Such is the scenario the “Road Printer” depicts.

The nifty thing about this little space lander-esque device is that it packs everything inside needed to go all artsy on the streets. With local paint storage, big buttons — so big you could push them with your boot in fact — and a big solar panel atop it’s head, the Road Printer makes quite a case for itself. The solar panel in particular is a nice touch, making it fully autonomous and self suficient. Well, that is until the paint runs out and the skies go dark.

When we eventually see such a device, look for bigger cities and those with plenty of excess cash to pick these up first with smaller towns falling in somewhere down the timeline. You know, even though I’m not part of any street department or local municipal services, I wouldn’t mind getting a Road Printer and doing some crafty things on my driveway. A modern Picaso I am…

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  • Shantha
    December 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    A great leap forward in road construction industry after Macadam.
    Has it hit the market yet?

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