A University of California, Berkeley, research team led by Ronald Rael, an associate professor of architecture, will unveil today (Friday, March 6) the first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date.
The debut of this groundbreaking project is a demonstration of the architectural potential of 3-D printing. It will close the fifth annual Berkeley Circus, which celebrates the research and accomplishments of the College of Environmental Design (CED) community.
The freestanding pavilion, “Bloom,” is 9 feet high and has a footprint that measures approximately 12 feet by 12 feet. It is composed of 840 customized blocks that were 3-D-printed using a new type of iron oxide-free Portland cement polymer formulation developed by Rael.
Bloom is a precise 3-D-printed cement polymer structure that overcomes many of the previous limitations of 3-D-printed architecture. Such limitations include the speed and cost of production as well as aesthetic and practical applications.
Rael designed and led the yearlong research project with funding and collaborative support from the Siam Research and Innovation Co. Ltd. (SRI), the research and development division of Siam Cement Group (SCG). SCG, the largest cement company in Thailand, provided the Portland cement.
Rael’s team consists of four CED graduate students: Kent Wilson, Alex Schofield, Sofia Anastassiou and Yina Dong
Fabricated using 11 printers made by 3D Systems and located in the College of Environmental Design printFARM (print Facility for Architecture, Research, and Materials), and at Emerging Objects, each enumerated brick is unique, with a variegated pattern that allows for varying amounts of light to pass through. Assembled, the bricks create an overall decorative pattern reminiscent of traditional Thai floral motifs along the structure’s undulating wall.
“While there are a handful of people currently experimenting with printing 3-D architecture, only a few are looking at 3-D printing with cement-based materials, and all are extruding wet cement through a nozzle to produce rough panels,” Rael said. “We are mixing polymers with cement and fibers to produce very strong, lightweight, high-resolution parts on readily available equipment; It’s a very precise, yet frugal technique. This project is the genesis of a realistic, marketable process with the potential to transform the way we think about building a structure.”
The Latest on: 3D Printed Cement Structure
via Google News
The Latest on: 3D Printed Cement Structure
- Global Decorative Concrete Market Trends, Strategies, Opportunities For 2022-2026on May 16, 2022 at 9:26 pm
Global Decorative Concrete Market Trends The 3D concrete printing technology is shaping the decorative concrete market. The 3D concrete printing technology also known as additive manufacturing ...
- Cornell University Adds New 3D Printingon May 13, 2022 at 3:01 pm
The Bovay Civil Infrastructure Laboratory Complex, at the Cornell University in New York, recently purchased an industrial 3D printing robot.
- Cornell University: 3D-printing robot enables sustainable constructionon May 13, 2022 at 3:35 am
The Bovay Civil Infrastructure Laboratory Complex, located in the basement of Thurston Hall, has a new tenant: a roughly 6,000-pound industrial robot capable of 3D printing the kind of large-scale str ...
- 3D printed artificial reef coming to Pamlico River this monthon May 12, 2022 at 1:04 pm
Using a new type of 3D printing technology called “dry forming,” the fabrication process creates naturalistic structures with curved surfaces and textures that are conducive to sustaining aquatic life ...
- Retrotechtacular: 3D-Printed Buildings, 1930s Styleon May 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm
The business end has a small hopper for what appears to be an exceptionally dry concrete or mortar ... ve far surpassed his vision by 3D-printing all kinds of structures, from complete castles ...
- Try India`s first sustainable 3D printing experience in Parelon May 9, 2022 at 9:56 pm
Did you know that you could print a concrete building or a bus stop? Or a latticed partition for your living room? And even a skirt? This might seem like a scene out of the Mission Impossible series ...
- Mapei brands 3D printing ink in partnership with Black Buffaloon May 9, 2022 at 7:18 am
A recently formed strategic research, development, and manufacturing partnership involving Nexcon 3D construction printer provider Black Buffalo and admixture supplier Mapei Corp. has released ...
- Meet COBOD’s New Investor: GE Renewable Energyon May 8, 2022 at 6:05 pm
Coming in hot just after COBOD and GE Renewable Energy announced a dedicated factory to 3D print wind turbine components, a big investment move took place.
- 3-D printed artificial reef to be deployed in Pamlico Riveron May 6, 2022 at 6:39 am
A 3-D printed artificial reef, designed to provide a thriving habitat for fish and other marine life, will be submerged in the Pamlico River near Bayview, N.C on Tuesday, May 10. Eight years in the ...
- "Form Freedom with Mass Customization": Technical Challenges in 3D Printingon May 5, 2022 at 2:16 am
Save this picture! Cortesia de De Huizenprinters consortium Concrete structures printed in 3D do not require formwork, which in itself further decreases the use of materials, since formwork tends ...
via Bing News