In 2018, the US Marines constructed the first 3D-printed concrete barracks in 40 hours. The project used a proprietary 3D concrete printing technology developed by ICON, a construction technology company. The barracks were built at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. The project was a collaboration between the US Marines, the US Navy, and the private sector.3D concrete printing technology allowed the project to be completed much faster and with less waste than traditional construction methods. The technology also created complex and curved shapes that would have been difficult or impossible to achieve with conventional construction methods.
The success of this project has opened up the possibility of using 3D concrete printing technology in other military and non-military construction projects. It also highlights the potential for the technology to be used for emergency housing and disaster relief efforts, as the technology can quickly and efficiently produce sturdy and safe housing quickly. The 3D-printed concrete barracks project by the US Marines is a significant milestone in developing and using 3D printing technology in construction. It demonstrates the potential for technology to revolutionize the industry.
According to the Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Friedell, AM project officer in MCSC’s Operations and Programs/G-3,” The team used a design model on an old computer, concrete, and a 3D printer. The concrete was then put through the 3D printer. It took approximately 40 hours to complete the barracks hut. If there was a robot to mix and pump, the building could easily be created in one day. This capability would enable a great partnership with the local community because it is low cost, easy to use, and robotics could print the buildings.”
24 Aug 2018 | The Official United States Marine Corps Public Website. MCSC teams with Marines to build world’s first continuous 3D-printed concrete barracks.