Why pave a road manually when you can print it instead? Meet the RPS RoadPrinter.

Created by Belgian engineering company, RP Systems, the RoadPrinter comprises a front-end loading system set on continuous tracks, and an angled ramp that retains and feeds a vertical sheet of completed paving onto a prepared surface.

The RoadPrinter can be used to lay all sorts and sizes of stone and brick paving, and can set down properly edged paving at a comparatively blistering pace. Perhaps most important of all, it makes it unnecessary for workers to spend the bulk of the day on all fours, manually laying bricks or paving stones, one at a time.

How the RoadPrinter works

Workers stand in an upright position and simply insert rows of paving stones in pre-arranged patterns into the machine. Gravity then drags the assembled pathway downwards and out.

The RoadPrinter moves forward on its caterpillar tracks at a rate of approximately four metres per minute, laying a perfect, edged pathway as it proceeds. The manufacturer boasts that only brief training is sufficient and as much as 500 meters of road can be paved per day.

You can adjust the width of the paving that the RoadPrinter lays, from one to six metres. Because the machineis powered by electricity rather than petrol, there are no nasty carbon emissions, making the RoadPrinter a comparatively eco-friendly option.

Far from the end of the road for motor graders

Even in the case of futuristic road building using a machine like the RPS RoadPrinter, success depends on quality motor graders to grade surfaces before the bricks are laid.

Preparing the surface is of vital importance. Any dips or bumps on the surface will cause the bricks or stones to separate, the pattern will break up and the pathway will be permanently damaged and unusable.

At KH Plant, we specialise in reconditioning Caterpillar motor graders, restoring them to as-new condition.

Contact us for more information or a quotation.