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Apis cor realize on-site 3D printed house in just 24 hours. Feb 28, 2017 apis cor realizes russia's first on-site 3D printed house in just 24 hours 3D printing construction company apis cor has completed the first ever on-site printed house in russia. the project was realized using the company’s mobile construction 3D printer — the first of its kind — to print and construct the 38 meter squared building completely on-site. the house was constructed at the coldest time of year.

apis cor realize on-site 3D printed house in just 24 hours

3D printing Martian habitats from the ground up. Given the cost of transporting goods to Mars, the first human colonists of the Red Planet will need to pack lightly – but it's going to take a lot of equipment to get that settlement set up.

3D printing Martian habitats from the ground up

Building habitats, tools and parts out of local resources on arrival would be an ideal solution, but Mars is a pretty barren place. So researchers from NASA and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are investigating how metals could be extracted from the Martian soil, refined, and used as "ink" to 3D print vital components. NASA has already outlined its roadmap to getting humans to Mars, which involves studying what kind of resources that the first settlers could harvest from the planet. The less we need to cart from Earth, the better, with the agency saying that finding ways to live off the land could save over US$100,000 per kilogram (2.2 lb) per launch. It's known as in situ resource utilization, and that's the goal of this new project.

World's first 3D-printed office building completed in Dubai. 3D printing technology promises to revolutionize architecture in the near-future, allowing designers to literally click-and-print complex buildings at a lower cost and faster speed than traditional construction methods allow.

World's first 3D-printed office building completed in Dubai

Another step forward in the field comes via Dubai, where what's hailed as the world's first 3D-printed office was recently completed. We first reported on what's now dubbed the Office of the Future back in 2015. Taking up a footprint of 250 sq m (2,690 sq ft), the building is located within Dubai's Emirates Towers complex and will serve as a fully-functional office. A very large 3D printer measuring 20 x 120 x 40 ft (6 x 36 x 12 m) did most of the work, printing the building by extruding a cement mixture layer by layer, in a similar method by which WinSun's 3D-printed homes were made (WinSun is involved in this project too). There were also some additional smaller mobile 3D-printers used too, however. World's largest delta 3D printer could build entire houses out of mud or clay. WASP (World's Advanced Saving Project) is set to unveil Big Delta, reportedly the world's largest delta 3D printer, later this week.

World's largest delta 3D printer could build entire houses out of mud or clay

This 12-meter (40 ft) tall behemoth was brought to life with the purpose of building nearly zero-cost housing through the use of local materials and as little energy as possible, offering quick and inexpensive relief to disaster areas and addressing the future housing needs of a rapidly growing world population. Building houses quickly and on a very tight budget through additive manufacturing, be it on Earth on another planet entirely, is a very interesting proposition for more than one good reason. In space, this would afford us huge amounts of design flexibility, giving way to unusual but highly functional structures that simply couldn't be assembled any other way.

Cheap and quick to build housing units could also be a good fit for, among other things, bringing quick relief to areas hit by natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods. 3D-printed Mars shelter concept is out of this world. Though the field is still relatively new, 3D-printed architecture could prove a real boon to potential Mars colonizers.

3D-printed Mars shelter concept is out of this world

Inspired by NASA's competition seeking ideas for potential 3D-printed Mars habitats, French firm Fabulous has designed a conceptual shelter, dubbed Sfero, that would be 3D-printed on the Red Planet using locally-available materials. Resembling a futuristic igloo from the surface, the Sfero shelter would be partially buried beneath the ground. Access to the shelter would be gained by its one long corridor, which contains an airlock. The interior comprises three floors. The uppermost floor, which looks more like a mezzanine, measures just 3 sq m (32 sq ft), and is given over totally to growing foodstuffs, while the next floor down measures 29 sq m (312 sq ft) and comprises a work area and bathroom.

World's first 3D-printed office building to go up layer by layer in Dubai. MX3D gets go-ahead for 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam. Gizmag has covered a wealth of remarkable architectural projects involving 3D printing – including a backyard castle, a number of small homes and a room with 260 million surfaces – but a project in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is set to be particularly impressive. 3D printing R&D firm MX3D is planning to print a bridge across a canal.

MX3D gets go-ahead for 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam

It is hoped that the robots used will print their own supports and gradually move across the water, creating the bridge as they go. The project is a collaboration with, among others, design software company Autodesk and construction firm Heijmans and will incorporate robotics, software engineering, craftsmanship and design. Designer Joris Laarman, who has previously worked with MX3D printing free-standing 3D sculptures, is using Autodesk software to design what is described as "an ornate metal bridge. " "I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production, in the new craft," says Laarman. Source: MX3D, Joris Laarman Studio. This Controversial Chinese Company Wants To 3-D Print Your Next House. SUZHOU, China -- Walking through WinSun’s show lot in the Suzhou Industrial Park, one gets a glimpse of the past and possible future of building construction.

This Controversial Chinese Company Wants To 3-D Print Your Next House

Views from the fifth story of a boxy concrete structure reveal a horizon typical of the outskirts of Chinese cities today: Clusters of construction cranes surround high rises sprouting from rice fields. Streams of trucks flow to and from these construction sites, carrying in the raw ingredients of China’s construction industry -- migrant workers, steel and lots of cement -- and departing with loads of wood scraps and building waste. It’s a model that has fueled the largest urbanization and housing boom in history, while also helping pollute China’s skies and deplete its natural resources. WinSun (Chinese name: Yingchuang) says it wants to overturn that model. That boxy concrete structure isn’t made of the usual blend of ingredients.

These buildings were created with a 3D printer. It might not exactly sound appealing to live in, but a Chinese company has constructed two buildings using a 3D printer that recycles industrial waste to form new building material.

These buildings were created with a 3D printer

Shanghai-based Winsun has been showing off the two neighboring projects, one an 1100-square-meter villa, the other a 6-story residential block, in the Chinese city of Suzhou. The residential block is the world’s tallest 3D-printed building, according to the company. Loughborough University researchers unveil plans to commercialize 3D concrete printing. Following our recent report of a Chinese company printing 10 houses in a day, the potential for architects to essentially click-and-print complex large-scale projects on a regular basis has moved a step closer to reality.

Loughborough University researchers unveil plans to commercialize 3D concrete printing

This week, the UK's Loughborough University announced a deal with construction company Skanska and architecture firm Foster + Partners to develop and commercialize 3D concrete printing. View all The researchers at Loughborough's School of Civil and Building Engineering have been developing 3D concrete printing technology with a view to commercialization for seven years now, and have refined their technique to a system that comprises a gantry and robotic arm – the latter now in its second generation of development. Much like Andrey Rudenko's 3D concrete printer, Loughborough's device extrudes cement-based mortar under very precise computer control into layers, in order to create building components, which are then joined together.

Sources: Skanksa, Loughborough University. ESA explores the concept of a 3D-printed moonbase. The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently exploring the possibility of establishing a permanent lunar base with the aid of 3D printing technology.

ESA explores the concept of a 3D-printed moonbase

The space agency and Foster + Partners, the London-based architecture firm that worked closely with the agency in the exploration of the project, have released a video outlining how they envision a future mission to construct a moonbase may unfold.