Disruptive but cool tech
3D printing in Asia is considered a disruptive technology because it upends everything that has been done in construction for the past eighty years. Asian construction has been largely dependent on concrete and water – and mostly manual methods of designing, aligning and fabrication.
WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. in China now holds two special records in additive construction, or the use of 3D printing technology for construction.
The first record is being able to 3D-print ten house in less than 24 hours. The second one is 3D-printing a five-story building, an apartment block and an amazing second structure, a 1,100-square meter mansion. The mansion is fully customized and decorated inside and outside.
Dual robot action
Robotics scientists from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have also created their own version of additive construction technology where two robots worked in unison to create 3D designs.
Instead of plastic or resin, these robots used concrete directly, and their output was first published by Automation in Construction.
According to the NTU team, what they envisioned is a highly portable robotics system that can be easily transported to different construction sites. Once installed, they can proceed to printing the required designs, and transported once again to where the robots are needed.