Architecture firms Arup, CLS Architetti are 3D printing a concrete house

Architecture firms Arup, CLS Architetti are 3D printing a concrete house

Architecture firms Arup, UK, and CLS Architetti, Italy, are 3D printing a concrete house as part of their 3D Housing 05 project, for this year’s Milan Design Week.

Designed to be disassembled and moved, the house will be 3D printed over the course of a week, on site at Milan’s Piazza Cesare Beccaria. It will feature a living area, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom over an area of 100 square meters. The architects intend the house to be a demonstration of the maturity of concrete 3D printing for architectural applications. Continue reading “Architecture firms Arup, CLS Architetti are 3D printing a concrete house”

3D printed concrete walls more stable with mechanistic model developed by TU/e researcher

A professor of Applied Mechanics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has developed a model for determining the dimensions and printing speeds needed to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable.

Construction 3D printing is an exciting area of additive manufacturing, but 3D printing with concrete-type materials doesn’t come without its problems. This is basically because 3D printed concrete is asked to do a lot more work than it is used to: while normal concrete deposited in formwork can harden over several weeks, 3D printed concrete needs to carry the burden of the next layer almost immediately after its deposition. Continue reading “3D printed concrete walls more stable with mechanistic model developed by TU/e researcher”

World’s first 3D printed concrete cycle bridge opened in The Netherlands

World’s first 3D printed concrete cycle bridge opened in The Netherlands

Today world’s first 3D printed reinforced, pre-stressed concrete bridge was opened. The cycle bridge is part of a new road around the village of Gemert, in the Netherlands. It was printed at Eindhoven University of Technology. With the knowledge the researchers gained in this project, they are now able to design even larger printed concrete structures.

Five-ton load
The bridge is the first civil infrastructure project to be realized with 3D-concrete printing. The bridge is 8 meters long (clear span 6.5 meters) and 3.5 meters wide. As it is a ‘worlds first’, the developers did not take any chances and tested the bridge by putting a load of 5 tons on it, which is a lot more than the load the bridge will actually carry.

Thirty years
The bridge has to meet all regular requirements of course. It is designed to do its duty – to carry cyclists – for thirty years or more. With more cycles than people in the Netherlands, it is expected that hundreds of cyclists will ride over the printed bridge every day. It is part of a large road construction project, led by the company BAM Infra, and commissioned by the province of North-Brabant. Continue reading “World’s first 3D printed concrete cycle bridge opened in The Netherlands”

Project NEXT to research on Concrete 3Dprinter, bio based concrete and a series of 3D printed architectural spaces (Video)

Project NEXT is the new project of Studio michiel van der kley in collaboration with Opiliones.
From October 2015 until December 2016 at project NEXT we will develop and do a lot of research on a Concrete 3Dprinter, a bio based concrete and a series of 3D printed architectural spaces.

After successfully launching project EGG in 2014, the idea arose to go on with this new way of producing, this time with a material that can maybe resist the weather better than the plastic we used with project EGG. Continue reading “Project NEXT to research on Concrete 3Dprinter, bio based concrete and a series of 3D printed architectural spaces (Video)”