Incredible machine can build 400 square metres of brick road every day
London, February 11: Building new roads could be as simple as rolling out a carpet, thanks to a Dutch inventor.
Henk van Kuijk, director of Dutch industrial company Vanku, has developed an amazing machine, named Tiger-Stone, that can create an instant road wherever it travels, laying out bricks in formation to create perfect paving, the Daily Mail reported.
The secret behind the invention 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 pattern.
From there gravity causes them to slide together, in a sheet of paving, onto the ground.
With a Tiger-Stone, workers can lay out 400 square metres of new road every day, using paving stones or bricks, compared to a single conventional paver on their hands and knees who would only be able to manage between 75 and 100 square metres.
Kuijk came up with his ground-breaking invention after deciding that squatting or kneeling down to place the bricks into the ground by hand was too much like hard work.
The device, which is as wide as a road and comes in four, five and six-metre widths, is fed loose bricks and lays them out onto the road as it slowly moves along.
The tread-tracked machine is electrically-powered, and has few moving parts, so noise and maintenance are kept to a minimum.
Once the bricks are in place, all a contractor has to do is go over the new road surface with a tamper, and the new highway is complete.