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We Can Now 3D Print Buildings, So Why Don’t We?

With the bold slogan ‘We Print Buildings’ San Francisco-based 3D-printing startup, Apis Cor, printed a house in just 24hrs. Using a 3D-printer, which resembles a small crane, they set a program in motion that created concrete walls, layer upon layer, until the shell of a house rose. After that, insulation, windows, appliances and a roof was added using more traditional methods. Apis Cor claim the structure, built on their test site in Russia, will last for at least 175 years. So is this the future of construction and if so, why aren’t there more printed buildings already? In Dubai, where the future often arrives first with varying degrees of success, they have already developed a 3D Printing Strategy, with which the emarite seeks to become the leading hub for 3D printing in three sectors; construction, medical products and consumer products. The ambitious program projects that 25% of the buildings in Dubai will be 3D printed […]

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