Category Archives: construction

ERDC engineers 3D print concrete bridge at Camp Pendleton

Megan Kreiger, a lead mechanical engineer, at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), and her team of engineers, have 3D printed a 32-ft-long reinforced concrete footbridge at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California. “My goal is to establish additive construction as a viable method and introduce the benefits of […]

British Army applies Lulzbot 3D printers to peacekeeping in South Sudan

The British Army has revealed how a desktop 3D printer is aiding its efforts to provide support to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Part of Operation Trenton, which was launched this summer, the army is tasked with building a hospital to undertake the care of more than 1,000 UN employees. In an official video posted […]

S-Squared 3D Printers debuts large Autonomous Robotic Construction System

S-Squared 3D Printers (SQ3D), a 3D printer manufacturing and service company based in New York, has introduced its patent-pending Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS). Capable of constructing homes, roads, bridges, and commercial buildings, the specialized ARCS 3D printer is said to outperform traditional construction by reducing both time and cost up to 70%. The company […]

Shanghai Mechanized Construction and Polymaker 3D print a pedestrian bridge

Shanghai Mechanized Construction Group Co (SMCC), a Chinese construction company, and Polymaker, a 3D printing filament manufacturer, have partnered to 3D print a pedestrian bridge in Shanghai. The bridge will be installed in the Taopu Smart City, Putuo District. The Taopu Smart City was designed by a German architectural firm, HPP Architekten, and covers 4.2 square […]

Asphalt 3D Printing Drone Repairs Roads

With the proliferation of construction and repair 3D printing, we’ve seen ones that can make bridges and even houses. Now, the same principle is proving beneficial to infrastructure and road renovations. Leeds University have developed a prototype asphalt 3D printing drone that can fill in cracks in roadways by remote control. The concept has already […]

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Canada considers 3D printed housing for its most extreme environments

The Conference Board of Canada, a not-for-profit think tank based in Ottawa, has released a report discussing 3D printing’s potential in construction. Targeting Canada’s North, which accounts for roughly 39% of the country’s entire land area but only housing 1% of its total population, this research is seeking to improve people’s quality of life by […]

SPARK Architects’ 3D printed “Big Arse Toilet” plans to wipe away human waste in India

SPARK, an architectural studio based in Singapore, Shanghai, and London, is developing a transportable 3D printed toilet module to combat open defecation in India. The United Nations (UN) initiative, World Toilet day, which took place this Monday, internationally observes and aims to tackle the sanitation crisis. According to the U.N., 4.5 billion people live without […]

ETH Zurich and Zaha Hadid Architects develop 3D knitted pavillion

Researchers from ETH Zurich have collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects to create a curved shell concrete pavilion using a 3D knitted formwork. The four meters tall, five-tonne concrete structure, called KnitCandela, integrates over two miles of 3D printed yarn into four strips of between 15 and 26 meters supported by a steel cable-net, demonstrating cost […]

ICON raises $9 million in funding to build sustainable 3D printed houses around the world

ICON, a Texas-based construction technologies company, has raised $9 million in seed funding to reinvent the construction of affordable homes with the use of “3D printers, robotics, and advanced materials.” Led by Oakhouse Partners, an early stage venture capital firm based in California, this financing is said to be one of the largest seed rounds […]