CSCEC, a China-based company has decided to enter the trend of construction based on additive manufacturing and built a two-story 3D printed office. It turned out a little meager but still deserves credit.
The two-story office was built at a construction base in China’s Guangdong Province, reports Renmin Ribao, an official and major publication of Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Curiously enough, the building was completely printed right at the location, while virtually all previous 3D printed many-storeyed projects were assembled from blocks.
After printing a sacrificial formwork, the construction was armored. Then the workers set up a support system and fixed it all with concrete. For now, the similar project was completed only by Irkutsk Apis Cor, which has printed a two-story building in Dubai.
CSCEC construction square is 230 m² comparing to the building in Dubai of 640 m², which is included in The Guinness World Records. The Chinese are either know nothing about or intentionally pay in no attention, claiming Guangdong’s project to be the first of its kind. Besides, the project of Apis Cor features more sophisticated architecture in comparison with the pragmatic chinese “box” structure.
The Chinese structure was build in 3 days. The project is supposed to last for 50 years. Aside from cost reduction of labour power and electrical energy, the manufacturer managed to save up to 60% of building material using additive manufacturing. The CSCEC portfolio already has thirteen patents for 3D materials and equipment, and copyrights for four samples of software.
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