Building bigger and better on tighter deadlines and with increasingly sophisticated materials is a race to the top for additive manufacturing in architecture. However, technology is proving useful in the fields of design and construction. Some architects use it to push the boundaries of scale and form, while others use it to build component parts and accessories. Platt Boyd, AIA, an architect based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the founder and CEO of Branch Technology, a four-person company that is working on a modular wall system that combines a free-form 3D printed open matrix core. with traditional building materials. Branch Technology…


Dutch construction company CyBe Construction has started working with concrete specialist Betonindustrie Brievengat (BIB) to build its first 3D-written houses in the Caribbean. By building them under the label “Lyve by CyBe”, the companies intend to demonstrate the freedom of style, value and interval benefits of 3D printing, as well as its potential as a method to address the growing housing shortage in the world. . “With concrete 3D printing, along with ‘Lyve by CyBe’ home design, we will solve this problem,” said Berry Hendriks, company executive and founding father of CyBe Construction. CyBe has built a strong portfolio of…


In the 3D printing industry, 2020 was a year of significant changes, resulting in diversifications that allowed us to appreciate the full potential of the technology. While it was a year of economic setbacks in various industries as a direct result of the COVID-19 problem, it was also a year of opportunity and democratization of additive manufacturing technologies. These new possibilities have resulted in worldwide growth in the use of 3D printing. Latin America is a region where 3D printing and related technologies have great potential for future adoption. According to many experts, these countries could be poised to overcome…


Upon completion of the first phase of the project, MASK Architects is seeking a partner capitalist to carry out the project and is working on a mutual agreement with MX3D for the joint participation of the companies in the construction. The “Madre Natura” project MASK architects have been inspired by the Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola and his famous sculpture “La Madre” in planning their Madre Natura habitat. The project includes the construction of a modular-style urbanization located on the side of the Orani mountain. Madre Natura sits near the Nivola Museum, and will become a “living landmark” harmoniously integrated with…


LEI YU, a Ph.D. A student at Tsinghua University in Beijing, he was inspired by the notion of a robot that could 3D print its own plastic shell, similar to how a caterpillar creates a cocoon, in a recent workshop. Yu and a group of engineering students from Tongji University spent three weeks building a custom ‘bot using ready-made 3D printer components, such as those found in a MakerBot, and a Kuka robotic arm, which has been used in applications as diverse as the assembly lines and the Harry Potter ride in Florida. Physics, on the other hand, quickly broke…


The ETH Zurich Chair in Industrial and Innovative Construction is the home of Konrad Graser, a PhD candidate. The organizational models for the application of digital manufacturing in the AEC sectors, the diffusion of systemic innovation in the AEC domain and the influence of new technologies in the organization of construction projects are some of his research interests. From 2015 to 2018, Konrad was the DFAB HOUSE project manager for NCCR Digital Fabrication, a building-scale demonstration of digital fabrication in construction. Mr. Graser explains: “If you look at how buildings are created today, all of these procedures have a long…


Peter Lang, a German painter and printer best known for his semi-abstract landscapes, has created a beautiful new 3D printed sculpture that combines art and technology. Obtaining an automated sculpture. Lang made 46 different sketches over a six-month period while preparing to build the sculpture. The 18-foot-long hanging artwork, dubbed the “Silent Orchestra,” “Silent Orchestra,” was inspired by the organic shape of hornets and wasp nests. A honeycomb design is created by placing a large number of nature-inspired tubes in a honeycomb pattern that actually has sound-absorbing properties. Artist Peter Lang collaborated with the robotic arm printer to manually inject…


For some it will still be science fiction, but 3D printing is rapidly breaking down typical engineering and design barriers and energizing the development business. Last month, the city showed the first 3D printed house in Europe that was designed almost entirely by a robot. In recent years, the race to create the world’s first 3D printed house has grown from a specialized science fiction show to one of the most compelling tech contests in the construction industry. The five-story, 1,100-square-meter main building was purported to be the world’s first 3D-printed apartment block. This was followed by the world’s first…


The project was funded by the Lloyd ‘Register Foundation, ABB, Air Liquide, ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, the AMS Institute, and Lenovo helped MX3D understand their vision. “A few years ago, we came up with the robotic metal 3D printers we had developed to print a functional life-size steel bridge,” explained Tim Geurtjens, co-founder of MX3D. The bridge design was created by mistreating generative design and topology improvement techniques, which, according to MX3D, allowed design freedom and ensured the reduction of vital material. “The distinctive design of the bridge would not be possible without 3D printing,” said Stijn Joosten, Arup’s structural engineer. “Discovering…


Carving with pinpoint precision, and at least with much of the artistic prowess of its more celebrated predecessors, ABB2, a 13-foot zinc alloy robotic arm, extended its rotating flat joint and diamond-coated finger into a gleaming piece of White marble. Slowly and steadily, ABB2 polished the stone block, tracing the contours of the soaked cabbage leaves for a sculpture designed and commissioned by a famous Yankee artist. ABB2 is a lonely robotic genius who works in anthropomorphic solitude. Quantek2 was rubbing a block of alternate marble, executing a sculpture planned by a British artist who had hired a robotic hand…