3D Concrete Printing Achieves New Level Of Complex Construction

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[the_ad id=”883″]As architectural forms continue to become more complicated and curvy, there is increasing demand for the skilled trades to create them. “Construction is still craft-based and conservative,” says Dr. Richard Buswell of Loughborough University.

To help advance design and manufacturing, Dr. Buswell is now working with Foster + Partners alongside construction giant Skanska, which will aim to scale 3D concrete printing for use in a variety of applications. Dr. Buswell also notes that while Foster’s iconic St. Mary Axe building may look simple, it’s actually pretty complicated.

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“Cladding the next Gherkin is clearly some way down the line, but on smaller-scale exploratory stuff, like an architectural feature, we could run as fast as the industry wants to take it – perhaps a year.”

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There is also a serious opportunity to take building construction to new heights.

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“3D concrete printing, when combined with a type of mobile prefabrication centre, has the potential to reduce the time needed to create complex elements of buildings from weeks to hours. We expect to achieve a level of quality and efficiency which has never been seen before in construction.” Rob Francis of Skanska notes.

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Check out the video below titled “Future of Construction Process: 3D Concrete Printing”, exploring this amazing technology in detail.

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