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Construction 3D Printing

Just imagine the ceiling of a chapel built in a Gothic style in 1515. One would think of a living heap of stones. This type of structure is even more solid than we can imagine but would be difficult to reproduce because it is too complex for traditional construction techniques. It would require a highly skilled workforce, which is not easy to find and very expensive.

3D printing is a possible solution in the construction of such type of structures but the technology includes a lot of challenges. Several conversations with various experts of this field reveal that these challenges may consist in but are not limited to the possibility of printing buildings in an uncontrolled natural environment, the ability of the 3D printer to be autonomous, the type of structures one should print (are there horizontal surfaces? Vertical?), the development of standards for the design and analysis of printed structures and buildings, the materials, and most importantly, the costs.

Despite the numerous challenges that professionals are doing their best to address – as we will see in the articles below -, one undeniable fact remains that 3D printing helps build more sustainable structures.

Kohler unveils Rista, a 3D printed sink to enhance smart home wellness experiences

Kohler, a provider of kitchen and bath products, which aim to turn homes into personal sanctuaries, has unveiled a number of new products at CES 2024. While most of these products combine form and function,...

A 72 m2 3D printed community building was built in Denmark using low CO2 cement

Real estate developer AKF and construction 3D printing company 3DCP Group recently explored the construction of a 3D printed building using one of the most widely used materials in construction: concrete. As this material is...

This is Phoenix, Holcim’s 3D printed concrete bridge

With the goal of decarbonizing the field, construction company Holcim continues to explore the combination of low-carbon materials, smart design and circular construction. Phoenix, a recently built 3D concrete printed bridge, represents an evolution in...

Round Top in Texas now has its first 3D printed houses

Known for its collection of historic buildings, housing antique and vintage stores, Round Top’s newest houses, ‘Las Casitas,’ have been made differently with 3D printing. The Texas-based construction company Hive3D Builders for The Halles at...

A new standard for construction 3D printing is now available

ISO and ASTM, two well-known standard issuing authorities recently published ISO/ASTM 52939:2023. Named “Additive manufacturing for construction — Qualification principles — Structural and infrastructure elements,” the new standard aims to ensure quality, safety, and efficiency within...

Why did Iowa demolish its first 3D printed house?

The construction 3D printing industry has been gaining momentum lately with a range of 3D printed buildings and houses being constructed around the world. When it comes to 3D printed houses, most companies involved...

Largest 3D printed house in Southern Hemisphere created with QOROX 3D concrete printing technology

The construction industry is surging ahead in adopting 3D-printed concrete walls as a viable and sustainable source for building houses all over the world. After the first 3D printed house in Guatemala last month,...

Qatar created the Guinness World Record for longest 3D printed concrete structure

Qatar recently made a  Guinness World Record in concrete 3D printing technology as the pavilion of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) TASMU (SMART Qatar) by creating the longest independent 3D printed...

Guatemala now hosts its first seismic-resistant 3D printed house

The Central and South American cement industry accelerator Progreso X, inaugurated a 3D printed house in Guatemala, a first in the country.  The 49 square meters organically-shaped 3D printed house was built in collaboration with...

Plurial Novilia shows how 3D printed prototype walls can be used for building rental homes

French social housing company Plurial Novilia, a subsidiary of Action Logement group, has created 3D-printed prototype walls for its ViliaSprint project.  Plurial Novilia is also known for building 37000 housing units in Champagne-Ardenne and Ile-de-France...

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