NPCA Staff Report
While the technology powering 3-D printing has been available for decades, the application for various materials – including precast concrete – continues to expand into new markets. Applications are now much larger and more diverse than the small, plastic components that 3-D printing started out with.
Single-family homes, apartment complexes, office buildings and entire communities now can be fabricated with 3-D printing using cementitious materials.
Companies around the globe are using the technology, materials and equipment to produce 3-D-printed concrete structures. A company in Austin, Texas, for example, is 3-D printing concrete houses to provide fast and affordable housing solutions. A single home can be printed in just 48 hours.
3-D-printed concrete innovations aren’t limited to structural applications, however. There also has been growth in 3-D printing architectural concrete features.
3-D-printed concrete requires unique mix designs and special equipment. Job site limitations also can affect operations. However, the speed, versatility and ability to manufacture structures without formwork provides major advantages in some applications.
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