Increase the quality and efficiency of any construction project with 3d concrete printing robot - an initiative by Skanska
In order to extend 3d printing technology in construction jobsite, Skanska has tied a knot with Loughborough University. The university has provided a licence to Sasanka to apply the concrete printing technology to construction site developed by the university. The motto is to develop the first ever commercial concrete printing robot.
Skanska is also making alliance with Foster + Partners, Buchan Concrete, ABB and Lafarge Tarmac facilitating the development of a 3D printing supply chain.
The project was initiated in the year 2007 under the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) Innovative Manufacturing & Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) through a team Loughborough's School of Civil & Building Engineering, guided by Richard Buswell and Simon Austin. The team has built up 3D concrete printers fitted to a gantry and a robotic arm, which is now in its second-generation form.
The printer put downs a high-performance concrete exactly underneath computer control. It performs by formulating consecutive layers of concrete till the formation of complete object. Now one does not have to use the usual methods like composite structural components, curved cladding panels and architectural features to produce things as the printer can easily perform this easily.
If 3D concrete printing is applied together with a type of mobile prefabrication centre, it can decrease the required time significantly to generate complicated elements of buildings.