Construction 3D Printing

Construction 3D printer used to make electrical room in Guangzhou [video]

Project recorded over 30% reduction in construction time with less waste.

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The latest real case application case of construction 3D printing was just reported in Guangzhou, where a power distribution room made with 3D printing technology started operating this week. The 3D printed electrical room took less time and produced less waste than traditional construction methods, with less human labor required.

When SmarTech Publishing (now SmarTech Analysis) made some bold predictions on the future of 3D printing for construction in its 2017 report, with this segment slated to reach $40 billion in annual revenues within 10 years, it may have seemed a bit exaggerated. However, the multiplicity of highly relevant applications cases that continue to be reported by media all over the world, seem to indicate that this forecast may not be that far out at all.

First 3D printed electrical room

According to Xinhua, the electrical room is the first of its kind in China, and was built using a digital 3D model. This advanced method of construction saw a 30 percent reduction in construction time and was said to reduce the amount of dust and waste created during normal construction.

The newly built electrical room, located in Liwan District, took less than 35 days to build, and required only one operator and two 3D printing technicians to complete the job.

Wu Xiaofei, a spokesperson for the power supply bureau in Guangzhou, told Xinhua that Guangzhou is increasing its efforts to broaden the city’s power supply networks and that 3D printing technology is an efficient, intelligent and eco-friendly way to continue this development.

Via: Thatsmag.com

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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 VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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