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3D concrete printing could free the world from boring buildings

3D concrete printing could free the world from boring buildings

Written by David

November 25, 2018

3D concrete printing could free the world from boring buildings The brutalist concrete diamond-shaped facade of the car park in Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London Construction is one of the largest industries in the world economy – worth £5.6 trillion globally (equivalent to 13 per cent of GDP). But construction has suffered for decades from remarkably poor productivity compared to other sectors. While agriculture and manufacturing have increased productivity 10-15 times since the 1950s, construction remains stuck at the same level as 80 years ago. That’s because construction remains largely manual, while manufacturing and other industries have made significant progress in the use of digital, sensing and automation technologies. We and other research groups see 3D-printed concrete as a possible solution to these problems. The technique will likely also give architects the freedom to inject more creativity into their designs for new structures. Our modern civil infrastructure is almost entirely […]

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