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3D Printed Building- Interesting Facts to Know

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Guest Post by Arlene Westcott

3D Printed Building- Interesting Facts to Know

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We all remember the time, not so long ago when we had to hire workers to make a building and work on the project for days or months. The process costs so much and with each unexpected problem of the workers came an unexpected delay. The delayed construction and high costs created a need for the technologists to come up with a better idea. Thus, the 3d models for printing came into existence. 3d building printing gave rise to new horizons in the field of construction and manufacturing.

 3d printed buildings are built by using the technology of 3d printing as a means to construct houses and buildings in the most efficient and cost-effective method. This method has vastly been adopted by the Chinese and has also gained its worth in Europe. This makes sense because people are tired of bearing high expenditures, lengthy construction timings, and never-ending design processes. Today, 3d printing has enabled you to forget all these worries about people wearing yellow helmets and use robotic techniques for mechanical piping of concrete. So, a 3d printed building will save you from the trouble by giving you the perfect 3d model for printing.

Interesting facts to know about 3D printed houses:

  • Resolve the future homelessness

We see homelessness as one of the significant issues of humanity at present. According to estimates, homelessness can exceed up to 1.6 billion people living in the improper shelter by 2025. Building a house or building from scratch can cost people a lot. A building offering flats or hostels can save the problem by efficient working on buildings that save your cost. By replacing the traditional and lengthy methods of using bricks and mortar with automated robotic piping of concrete, one can save time and money while still reducing the problem of homelessness in society.

  • No need for bricks

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As hard as it is to imagine, houses can today be made without using bricks and mortar. Bricks and mortar took more time and effort for the builders to work with, and it used to leave us for waiting the time for its completion. However, by using 3d printing, robots can pipe in the concrete step by step and even the building at the same time. This saves you the costs of buying all the material for construction and also protects from wasted time. 

  • Robots are your builders

There was once a time where it was hard for us to believe that humans can create robots one day. Today, we are at a stage where robots have become so efficient that they have become the new builders. The robots are very efficient, and they don’t need breaks like human workers. This saves more time, and work is also better than humans. The human errors are also removed to the greatest extent possible, and all humans need to do is to command the machine, and it will work for you.

  • Save the cost and time

Constructing a building is a full-time job. A building project needs to be carefully catered with and must be monitored to save it from defects and additional costs. By using 3d printing in the construction of buildings, you can save the value of the construction process by saving more time. It will also cut down the labour cost because all 3d printing needs is an initial investment, and the rest will be catered in the least possible time. Dubai today has been working on the 3d printed buildings and have been one of the most efficient working hubs for 3d printing worldwide. Thus, more and more people are adopting this new technology because it reduces costs by optimizing raw materials and useful results.

Thus, 3d printed buildings have become a new trend around the globe. People are willing to rely on robotic technology rather than humans with risky results. Robots can be left alone at the workplace without any check and balance and will work for creating a sustainable working environment.  

The only problems with 3d printed buildings are that it needs initial capital investment and also any defect in the robotic machinery can cost a lot to correct as well. Another problem with 3d printed buildings is the fact that it also reduces the job opportunities for builders and manufacturers. However, 3d printed structures are an effective way to meet the construction requirements in the minimum of time.

3D printing used to make glass optical fiber preform

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According to Science News and John Canning who led the research team from the University of Technology in Sydney, “Making silica optical fiber involves the labor-intensive process of spinning tubes on a lathe, which requires the fiber’s core or cores to be precisely centered. With additive manufacturing, there’s no need for the fiber geometry to be centered. This removes one of the greatest limitations in fiber design and greatly reduces the cost of fiber manufacturing.
Additive manufacturing approaches such as 3D printing are well suited to change the entire approach to fiber design and purpose. This could, for example, broaden the applications of fiber optic sensors, which far outperform electronic equivalents in terms of longevity, calibration and maintenance but haven’t been widely deployed due to their expensive fabrication.”

 

3D printing used to make glass optical fiber preform

the University of New South Wales

 

 

3D Printed Wristwatch

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According to Print Your Environment,” Concept build for a 3D printed modular watch. Made up of 3 printed and interchangeable parts (for different designs and colors) to create many different combinations. Designed in Fusion 360, printed at 0.06 mm layer height on Ultimaker 3. Finished and assembled.
3D Printed Wristwatch”.

https://www.adylinn.com

3D-printed bathroom

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NTU Singapore develops technology that can 3D-print a bathroom unit within a day
According to Assoc Prof Tan Ming Jen,” 3D-printing a bathroom unit could help manufacturers halve their production time while lowering transport costs, carbon emissions, and materials wastage. Less space is required to create and store the same number of PBUs in land-scarce Singapore since conventional PBUs take about two weeks before they can be ready.

By being able to print-on-demand, companies can save on their inventory costs as well as manpower costs, as they don’t have to hold as much stock and their workers can be redeployed to do higher-level tasks. This approach improves the safety of the workplace since robots are doing the construction of the bathroom unit.

According to team lead from Sembcorp Design and Construction, and Sembcorp Architects & Engineers Er Lie Liong Tjen, “3D printing technology allows concrete to be printed and customized. The complicated shape of a PBU and its walls can be developed and printed at a faster pace to satisfy the needs of individual customers as no formwork or molds are required, whereas conventional construction of PBUs with concrete or lightweight wall panels always limit the possibilities of design. In addition, 3D printing can build curvilinear profiles rather than rectilinear forms”.

https://media.ntu.edu.sg/NewsReleases

https://www.ntu.edu.sg

Ashley furniture using 3D printers

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ARCADIA, Wis. Ashley Furniture Inds. is using 3D printers in its manufacturing facilities.
According to Vaughn Pieters, senior director of case good operations, “We’re doing 10% more business out of our Arcadia facility alone with probably almost 15% less labor. Automation has really allowed us to remove some of that heavy physicality. We don’t have employees doing that heavy bulk work all day long anymore. We let the machine do that, so the employees can use their minds and try to better the process”.
According to Ashley,” It’s using printers from Boston-based 3D printing unicorn Formlabs in several of its manufacturing facilities, printing about 700 3D parts, so the machines are able to work right alongside the industrial robots from assembly to fabrication”.

 

https://www.ashleyfurniture.com/

https://www.furnituretoday.com/technology/ashley-furniture-uses-3d-printing-on-factory-floor/

The World’s First Zero-Waste Fully Customizable 3D-Printed Skirt

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According to Julia Daviy, “the World’s First Zero-Waste Fully Customizable 3D-Printed Skirt. The days of 3D printing being a hyped-up novelty are gone. The technology has moved past the innovation stage and is well into the early adoption phase as more and more people seek out information and dip their toes into the industry. But while 3D printing as a whole is rapidly becoming more mainstream, when it comes to printing clothing, there are still major challenges”.

https://youtu.be/VkOrXXI2byQ

https://illinois.edu/

https://juliadaviy.com/

 

Titomic 3D prints well-positioned to provide largest titanium UAV

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Titomic is innovating Australian manufacturing. According to Australian metal AM company Titomic’s Managing Director Jeff Lang reports,” Titomic’s formation, and why Titomic is well-positioned to provide advanced, digital manufacturing solutions now and in the future. ” that it has 3D printed the largest titanium unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The drone, which measures over 1.8 meters in diameter, was manufactured using the company’s rapid Titomic Kinetic Fusion technology—specifically, it’s large-format TKF 9000, which itself spans 9 x 3 x 1.5 meters. Titomic machines have build rates that are exponentially faster than conventional metal 3D printers currently available”.

https://www.titomic.com/beyond-3d-printing.html

3D Printing News Alert(Ocean waste to create 3D-printed seashell sculptures)

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Ocean waste to create 3D-printed seashell sculptures. According to Rotterdam-based research and design studio, ‘the new raw’ has conceived a pioneering project which transforms ocean waste into digitally crafted sculptures. the initiative, which repurposes abandoned fishing nets and processes them into threadlike filaments to create design objects, raises awareness of the environmental issues of marine plastic pollution”.