3D printing has become a low cost, fast, efficient and sustainable building printing. First of all, reduces waste, storage, and transport and is highly energy efficient. Yes, it might seem too good to be true. Actually, 3D printing is a tangible and solid reality capable of affecting any product sector, including the luxury one.
Not just prototypes, but refined projects
The high fashion house Dior was the first to create an entire boutique in 3D, on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. It consists of an installation made of two large circular modules with a stylistic code that incorporates Maison’s cannage motif on the walls. Everything outside reflects Dior’s design. Lounge chairs, beach beds, umbrellas, cushions: everything was made with natural materials, combining clay, sand and natural fibers. For this realization was involved an innovative 3D printing system designed by WASP, an Italian startup. The symbolic value of this structure goes beyond the project itself. It represents the transition from a simple prototype to something more concrete and repeatable on a large scale.
A 3D printed revolution
WASP also produces Tecla, the first prototype of an eco-sustainable house entirely 3D printed with raw materials recovered in the place of construction. While Striatus by WASP is the first 3D printed concrete arch bridge without reinforcement. It combines innovative design, the tradition of materials and advanced design and construction technologies.
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An important ally for the future
One of the most significant challenges that 3D printing can face, is solving the housing emergency. Where the cost of housing is very high or in places where housing is precarious and unhealthy. Such as the slums of the great Indian cities, South America and Africa. Not only. The system is also ideal for building housing modules on the Moon. D-shape system provides a large 3D printing machine, which can be embarked on a rocket, which works with moon dust together with a binder. Finally, the flexibility and modularity of these constructions make them suitable for use in emergency situations due to natural disasters.
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A course to really understand what 3D printing means
Today, 3D building printing is one of the new construction technologies with the widest room for growth. It is estimated that it will expand into the industry at an annual growth rate of 3 per cent over the next few years. Most experts agree that 3D printing will be the subject of major developments in the not too distant future. SIDI (Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation), the pioneer in the field of innovations that will drastically change our way of life, argues that 3D building printing is a technology that will democratize the right to housing, lowering construction times and costs. In addition, it will have a fundamental impact on other areas, such as that the space industry. Professionals and companies that will be the first to make this technology their own will have important economic and professional opportunities.
The SIDI School of Disruption is organizing a free webinar on 13 April 2022 to raise awareness of the future potential and all aspects related to the numerous applications of this technology. The webinar introduces the on-demand 3D Printing of Buildings course created in collaboration with KEEEN, a tech venture that deals with developing advanced technologies for the construction industry.
Who is it for?
It is recommended for architects, builders, engineers, real estate developers and anyone who wants to try their hand in this field with great potential. The course consists of 27 lessons and allows to access them forever, at any time. Contents are downloadable and a certificate will be issued at the end of all lessons. The webinar allows learn the fundamentals of 3D construction and the differences from traditional construction methods. It will introduce the state of the art of this technology, its future evolutions and economic and professional opportunities.
The speakers of the course are Pietro Veragouth, entrepreneur and innovator, founder of SIDI.
Alessandro Tassinari, founder and project manager of KEEEN with a long and consolidated experience in the design and construction of buildings in 3D printing.
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