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3D printing to take over construction

3D printing to take over construction

Written by David

May 6, 2019

There is a lot of work happening around 3D printing of concrete across the world, with as many as 65 companies and organisations developing construction-based 3D printing, according to a study by US-headquartered Boston Consulting Group. The concrete dispensing printing systems being developed are generally based on one of two processes, either extrusion using robotics or binder-based using gantry systems. As with all 3D printing technologies and their application across various sectors, the value add of 3D printing lies primarily in the possibility to create complex shapes – complexity of design comes free. There is a lot of focus on robotic 3D printing of concrete structures due to the technology’s ability to generate freeform structures that would be difficult or impossible to make using traditional methods. To tackle the issue of strength, there is ongoing collaboration between industry and academia to allow for the incorporation of reinforcements without compromising […]

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