3-d Printing Gets: Bigger
In the meantime, I’m interested in developments that are occurring across various industries:
With technological advancement comes an increase in scale, as both Joris Laarman and Nikita Chen-yun-ta seek to create architectural structures using 3-d printing techniques.
Laarman is working on the world’s first 3-d printed pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam. Six-axis robots will print the structure in steel by ‘drawing’ the structure in the air using a technology that can also be applied with copper or aluminium. He has also recently founded a new company, MX3D to further develop the technology required for this endeavour.
Chen-yun-ta has recently introduced the Apis Cor 3-D printer, intended to be a rugged machine that can print houses on any terrain. An efficient machine which only requires 8 kilowatts of energy - as much as five working teapots, it can be easily transported using a truck. The Apis Cor is also able to create a multi-storey home of up to 630 square feet in 24 hours without leaving any construction waste behind.
What are the implications of such advancements? How will 3-d printing processes change the way we build houses and other architectural structures? Will we develop new material palettes to be able to make the most of this technology? How will this impact the construction industries in terms of labour costs and manufacturing?