3D printing technology faces major issues when it is required to leave the shelter of a warehouse and step foot on a construction job site. 3D printers are extremely large, heavy, and rely on precise calibration for accuracy. Even the first 3D printed office building in Dubai, which was completed last year, had to actually have its components printed off site and assembled on site. But, Apis Cor, a 3D printing company, believes it has created the technology to print a full structure completely on site.
In the video below, you’ll see footage of a 409 square foot (38m²) concrete house being printed in Moscow, Russia in December of 2016. According to the company, the machine they used has a maximum elevation of nearly 11 feet (3300mm) and can print up to 1,076 square feet (100 m²) per day. The machine also has a built-in automatic horizon alignment and stabilization system, which makes setting up the printer much easier.
Although the machine is able to operate in temperatures as low as -31°F (-35°C), the material used, which is a concrete mixture, is only able to be placed at temperatures higher than 41°F (5°C). Therefore, a tenting system had to be brought on site to raise the temperature inside.
The total cost of the building amounted to $10,134, which included all exterior and interior finish work. Noticeably missing from the cost breakdown on the company’s website was the price of the 3D printing technology. It’s an interesting take on the technology, but does show that human labor is still necessary to actually finish the building. Human labor was required for insulation, glazing, painting, and all interior work. The company believes this technology can be used for affordable housing projects, due to its lower costs.
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For the past 5 years, construction technology company, Procore, has hosted their customers and tech enthusiasts at a multi-day conference called Groundbreak. There’s been significant growth since the events humble beginnings, not only in just attendees, but in the conference’s offerings.
This was my second time attending Groundbreak and, in case you couldn’t make it, here are the highlights of the items you missed:
If you want your construction company to be best-in-class, you need to be able to objectively measure yourself against them. To help assist with that difficult task, Autodesk has announced the release of a new self-assessment tool to measure where your company stands against your competitors based upon 7 different key performance indicators (KPIs).
Just days ahead of their annual Groundbreak conference, Procore has announced a new feature upgrade to their platform called Embedded Experience.
A few months ago, we wrote about a pretty weird and creepy robot dog that was designed to navigate tough and constantly changing terrain, such as on a construction site. Boston Dynamics, the maker of robot, has now officially announced it is available for sale.
Drones are used for a variety of different tasks on construction sites, like for tracking employees, calculating the volume of on-site stockpiles, or even performing OSHA inspections, but I’ve never actually seen any tools attached to them before. Well, engineers recently strapped a nail gun to one to see if it could potentially perform roof shingle installation.
If you didn’t know, the Netherlands loves pedestrian and biking bridges. Perhaps because of that, they seems to have become a leader in 3D printing bridge technology.
If you have a safety meeting or perform an inspection and you can’t find any documentation of it, did it ever really happen? Well, sure it did, but it definitely helps to keep proper records for things as important as safety for reference later on or to prove to a government agency like OSHA that your company is being proactive. One way to keep proper records is to use an app, and Safesite has just made that easier as they now offer a free version of their inspection platform.
A few technology companies have been trying to wedge augmented reality into construction for a few years now, boasting benefits of overlaying BIM models onto the real life site you’re working on, as well as interactive collaboration with remote workers. One of those companies that we thought was going to make a pretty big impact is apparently closing its doors in the near future.
As much as I like my smartphone, it’s undeniable that they can be a huge distraction on the job site or in a vehicle. The construction industry is dangerous enough without these added distractions, so at least one US contractor has decided to proactively manage their employee’s smartphone usage.
With temperatures globally trending warmer each year, that heat can take quite a toll on professions that rely heavily on exterior labor, like the construction industry. There are many products available currently to help keep you cool on the jobsite, but the best may still be yet to come.