In goes a truckload of bricks, out comes a road!
Part printer, part pasta press, these remarkable machines spit out a perfectly uniform sheets of bricks to make walkways up to 20 feet wide.
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Several companies operate such machines, including Tiger Stone, RoadPrinter, and RPS.
As construction workers insert bricks into the machine's forward compartment, the machine automatically processes the bricks and spits the assembled road from its rear, leaving a meticulously crafted path in its wake.
The green machine runs entirely on electricity, moving at a speed of 13 feet per minute. According to TechInsider, the machine can lay upwards of 5,300 square feet of bricks in a single day.
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As Belgian manufacturer RPS notes on its website, the machine carries ergonomic benefits for its operators: "Because the finishing of the edges is directly done on the machine, the pavers do not have to get on their knees for fixing the edges (they work in a good ergonomic position which makes their job much lighter and more efficient) and the road is filled and finished instantly!"
Check out a video of one of these machines in action.