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Nanyang University researchers use 3D printing robots to accelerate concrete production

Scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a single-robot industrial platform that uses additive manufacturing (AM) to create concrete structures.

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Adopting a print-while-moving approach, the team’s robotic arm is capable of 3D printing different sized single-piece structures, and completing large-scale construction printing, all by itself. The bot’s development could lead to the more effective application of AM in the construction sector, in addition to increasing the scale and structural properties of concrete formations that it’s possible to 3D print.

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“Our system is mounted on a mobile robot. The ability to move the robot base in space allows our robot to print structures that are larger than itself,” said Pham Qunag Cuong, Associate Professor at NTU. “Also, having a mobile base makes it easier to bring the robot into the construction site and move it around inside.” Utilizing 3D printing in concrete production Advances in both 3D printing […]

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