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3D Printing concrete is the new future of construction

  • Nimish Sany
  • 26 July , 2016

To date, there is no real substitute for concrete when it comes to building houses, bridges and other structures of the likes. However, increasing popularity of 3D printing in construction has led Impremere AG, a German engineering/construction company to implement their own research to 3D print using concrete.The venture was made possible for Impremere AG, a relatively young firm found just last year, by partnering up with Niederberger Engineering AG who has a history of selling their 1063 model industrial 3D printers. Niederberger claims 1063 printers can save costs upto 20 times than making the same parts using conventional methods. 1063 is currently used for making sculptures, works of art and concrete part manufacturing which can be assembled to a main structure later- which includes stairs, furniture, etc.

“Currently we are very busy, with the sourcing and the organization of the assembly of ordered printers. At the same time, we are working out to build our international sales structures,” said CEO of Impremere AG, Simon Steinegger. “Within the next three years it is planned to bring a house printer on the market. This printer will then be able to move vertically too,” he added.

The CEO notices that, unlike the Beijing mansion that was 3D printed as a whole, Impremere AG is developed only to 3D print independent concrete parts which can be later assembled together. “Our models at moment are developed, to print some parts of houses like facade elements or stairs. Yes, in the sum we can print your dream house,” he says.

automatic reinforcement system

Image: BIG 3D-Printer/ Imprimere AG

What’s unique about Impremere AG is that they use fully automatic reinforcement systems in their 3D printers which makes use of robots and has minimum human interference. Steinegger explains the process, “We pull the wire from the coil and we make it straight with our straightening unit. After we cut and transported the reinforcement to the robot. There the robot picks up and brings it in the right position. With our system you can build elements and parts which are EN- Standard compliant. With the same full automatic system, you can insert the element and the lifting systems.” The components are later “automatically filled with concrete”.  

Realizing the demand for fast and cost-saving construction process and the rising popularity for 3D printing, Impremere AG CEO says, “We see us as global providers of 3D concrete printer for prefabrication and houses.”

 

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Nimish Sany: I bleed my thoughts on paper. And if I cant find a paper, blogs serve the purpose just fine.

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