erasing and recycling buildings with ero robot
erasing and recycling buildings with ero robot erasing and recycling buildings with ero robot
jul 28, 2013

erasing and recycling buildings with ero robot

‘ero’ by omer haciomeroglu
image © omer haciomeroglu




the era of demolition may come to an end in the near future with the advent of ero by product designer omer haciomeroglu, a robot that disassembles concrete by a process that reverses the exact way it was cast. through a process known as hydro-demolition and with the use of a special centrifugal decanter, the robot attacks the small cracks in concrete with high pressure jets. small pieces are vacuumed into the decanter where they are broken down even further until reduced to a re-usable aggregate and packaged for easy transport. rebar is kept intact and undamaged, opening a new market for recycled rebar members. with this system, buildings can be erased from existence in a clean and efficient manner, making it possible to directly re-use what was before left as demolition waste.



in action
image © omer haciomeroglu



ero robot in its three modes
image © omer haciomeroglu



rear view
image © omer haciomeroglu






movable head shoots high-pressure water jets that break apart concrete
image © omer haciomeroglu



detail view
image © omer haciomeroglu



image © omer haciomeroglu



image © omer haciomeroglu



centrifugal decanter detail
image © omer haciomeroglu



how it works
image © omer haciomeroglu

  • This little machine will have a huge impact. Beautiful.

    Brian says:
  • A fine design as resources are finite. Former sites can also be more readily re-purposed, too. What’s its power usage like? Does it need to be connected to a source provided by a vehicle? How much water does it use? What purity does the water have to be? Is it easy to clean?

    Marc says:
  • I would like to use this machine, how can I contact the builder?

    Christine Handte says:
  • How much water and power does it use ?
    It hardly seems as efficient as it claims to be, but I might be wrong.

    rem says:
  • Wonderful, but I wish the writer of this piece would add a sentence like, “this is currently just a concept, with all of the technologies entirely untested”, or even better “the product may be purchased for X dollars from Company Y”. It’s an incomplete report. I know you don’t have a huge budget, but this is really not too much to ask for.

    James says:
  • Interesting concept, but I don’t think the designer has actually been involved in demolition.

    KEGS says:

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