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.
“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.”
There is also a serious opportunity to take building construction to new heights.
“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.
Check out the video below titled “Future of Construction Process: 3D Concrete Printing”, exploring this amazing technology in detail.
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