Apis cor 3d printing is building the future, and they are building it fast. We have known about construction 3D printing and its advantages for a while now. However, apis cor is bringing them back into the spotlight again. The company’s successful 3d printed house took only 24 hours to build from the ground up in Russia.
In the past, we have not seen technology that can create a house outside of a factory. Most existing printers had at least one restraint which kept them from becoming a realistic 3d printing solution for construction. These limitations caused costs to go up, which prevented 3D printing from becoming a viable option for the construction industry.
Apis cor wants 3D printing to be a central part of the construction industry. They are created a machine which actually 3D print houses. Zero-assembly required. Their technology is like nothing the construction industry has seen before.
The apis cor printer has a 360 degree range of motion. It is shaped as a tower crane and can print from within the structure as well as outside of it. It is relatively small and compact, which allows for easy transport of the machine. And its precise accuracy essentially elements all risk of human error.
As for the house, it is 38 square meters, and was built during the coldest time of year in Russia. The building used a concrete mixture as the “ink” for the project. Despite the flatness of the roof, it is highly durable and built to withstand heavy snow falls. A thin layer of micro-insulation was added to the roof and the house. Due to the brutal winter’s in Russia, the homeowners want to remain warm inside. Probably on of the biggest advantages of this house is the overall cost. The house cost about $275 per meter with a total of about $10,134.
The shape of the 3D printed house is rather unique. The floor plan roughly resembles the shape of a rotor. It is mostly circular with three right-angle protrusions creating several sides of the house. It was printed inside of a special tent, which helped maintain a constant, slightly warmer temperature. Because of this the concrete could set correctly.
The company is very excited about the completion of this project. From the website they say, “The apis cor company and its partners are confident that the house in Stupino was the first step that can convince the world that 3D technology in the construction market is a reality.” They firmly believe this will open the doors for a new “evolutionary stage” for construction companies all around the world.
It will be interesting to see where this technology goes. We have not seen a printer with these capabilities and advantages for the construction industry. Past projects have been more of a one-time look what we did presentation. Apis cor created something with real purpose. Not only will it greatly reduce the cost of building and buying homes, but it also creates extremely fast, as a result, it will be revolutionary technology. The possibilities for this technology are endless. Hopefully, the construction industry catches on quickly.
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