Scaffolding? Automation? This is probably where most people would stop reading. How could this subject possibly be interesting? For me, it’s not just interesting, it’s exciting! It’s not just a cheap thrill, it’s constantly held my passion and focus for years now. If you have the courage to read on, you will either discover the monomaniacal obsession of an eccentric bearded nerd, or perhaps… something very wonderful indeed. You decide.
The first thing that makes this exciting is that I take a very broad interpretation of the word “scaffolding”. Not just something for construction workers, I’m working on a re-think on how just about any man made structure is built. This means that this is a huge deal. The possible uses for automated scaffolding can be about as varied as the uses for computer chips, but it’s good to start with something people know and are familiar with. This is why I chose to use the word “scaffolding” instead of a long list of other technical terms. This is an introduction, after all.
Scaffolding in it’s current form hasn’t changed much since the early 1900’s, and has existed since the dawn of time (paleolithic era). There are many fancy scaffolding systems in use today, but they all lack a combination of certain general qualities that I think are necessary, though these qualities are relatively easy to add in.
- Cheap, simple, locally available, appropriate structure.
- Simple, modular, machine build-able structure.
- Built in such a way that the building machines travel throughout the structure as it is built, instead of building it from the outside.
- In the same way as the building machines can travel, general cargo machines can haul anything throughout the structure.
This combination of feature gives this kind of scaffolding infinite possibility, and this is why I think it is so exciting. Having cheap, self-building structures, that can contain any combination of materials or machinery within, all automated, will bring industry, technology, and society to a place almost unimaginable except in science fiction. It could truly lead to a new era of the industrial revolution. If you think this is awesome too, please, read on in my blog. I will be posting chapter candidates for my book soon, as well as random thoughts and ideas. I would love all input, and hopefully, collaboration.