Construction 3D Printing

Black Buffalo 3D and ICC-ES revise AC509 criteria for multi-story construction 3D printing

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Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, a leading provider of large scale 3D printers for construction and a member of HN Inc.—formerly Hyundai BS&C Co. Ltd.—has successfully collaborated with the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) to revise its ICC-ES AC509 criteria. This update enhances the acceptance criteria (AC) for 3D Automated Construction Technology for 3D printed concrete walls from single-story building construction to multi-story building construction.

Black Buffalo 3D is a global provider of large scale 3D printers for construction and proprietary cement-based ink. Its mission is to increase awareness, efficiency and utility of additive manufacturing in the construction industry. The company continues to invest in its 3D construction printers and material science with the intent to become the first 3D construction printing company to meet ICC-ES AC509. With printers developed by its sister company, Hisys—based in South Korea—the latest model is capable of printing buildings up to 4 stories high.

“We want to build trust and prove the safety of our technology in a way that no other 3D Construction printing company has done before, remarked Jenn Christman, PE, 3D Product Specialist. “Black Buffalo 3D was created to increase acceptance of 3D printing in the construction industry, revolutionize traditional building techniques and truly showcase the potential of large scale 3D printing.”

Large-scale 3D Construction Printing (3DCP) has the potential to help governments, businesses and NGOs address a number of infrastructure needs including closing the gap on affordable housing deficits, speeding up disaster recovery efforts, and providing more value to much-needed infrastructure improvements throughout the world.

ICC-ES is a nonprofit, limited liability company that performs technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials. Agencies use evaluation reports to help determine code compliance and enforce building regulations; manufacturers use reports as evidence that their products (and this is especially important if the products are new and innovative) meet code requirements and warrant regulatory approval.

As a globally recognized organization, ICC-ES brings legitimacy to code compliance claims and helps developers ensure building regulations are met. 3D Construction printing is a relatively new application with growing interest because when used correctly and safely it has the potential to alleviate affordable housing deficits, speed up disaster recovery efforts and help build much-needed infrastructure around the globe.

Black Buffalo 3D will continue to make investments in 3D construction printer technology, material science and form strategic partnerships as it works towards meeting ICC AC 509 acceptance criteria. The company will also continue to capture, analyze and share information regarding the positive impact on reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry through automation and use of environmentally friendly materials and designs.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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