WomEng Kenya: The Road Printer
Engineers and technologists are always busy finding simpler solutions to problems while also striving to decrease the time that a particular activity requires. One such endeavor has resulted in this particular machinery which is much more than just a symbol of great engineering. Brick roads are beautiful and durable, but we do not see them too often due to the effort it takes to produce them. What was once a labour-intensive job has now been made easier with this automatic Dutch paver laying machine, called the Tiger-Stone. The device rolls out a beautiful and sustainable hardscape, creating an instant road anywhere it travels and laying out bricks in formation to create perfect paving. While the process may look magical, the secret lies in a smartly designed gravity-based system.
All a worker has to do is load the bricks by hand from a hopper into the Tiger-Stone in the desired patten.From there gravity causes them to slide together, in a sheet of paving, onto the ground.