Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and LEGO Technic invited a global community of builders to develop their own inventive concepts as to what the construction machines of the future may look like. Shown on display at the London Transport Museum, the top 10 models are featured in an exhibit titled FutuRE:BUILD.
Inspired by the futuristic LEGO Technic Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX – entrants were asked to build their own models using at least 50% existing LEGO Technic bricks. Technologies featured between the models include automation, 3D printing, solar panels, and drones.
Transylvanian Vida András (pictured top with his creation) is a 27-year-old architect. His self-driving model, the Volvo Rottweiler, features a pneumatic drill, a dozer, and a 3D printer. The design is intended to make the vehicle capable of autonomously tackling jobs in hard-to-reach places.
“To me, the design is not just about playability, it’s about really exploring the potential for future technologies,” he says. In my industry, 3D printing is one of the biggest trends at the moment, so I wanted to incorporate that into my model. I have 20 years’ experience playing with LEGO sets. I’ve loved it forever and have always had this confidence that I could sit down and build for hours and eventually it would all come together in the end.”
Winners range in age from 14 to 47. Other winners include Volvo ICARUS, a mobile solar power plant with advanced off-road capabilities, and the Volvo Excavadrone built to operate on land and in the air.