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.

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 both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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