India’s first and South Asia’s largest Robotic Construction 3D Printer, was inaugurated recently in Siddipet, Telangana. The world of 3D concrete printing is rapidly evolving. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) went into the depth of the world of 3D printing and found out what it means for the future of construction industry.
World of 3D Concrete Printing
The construction industry is rapidly evolving and much credit should go to the 3D Printing Technology and use of robotics in structural building. According to a report titled, '3D Printing Construction Market by Material Type (Concrete, Metal, Composite), Construction Method (Extrusion, Powder Bonding), End-Use Sector (Building, Infrastructure), Region (North America, Europe, APAC, ROW) - Global Forecast to 2024’, the 3D Printing Construction Market Size was estimated to be USD 3 Million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 1,575 Million by 2024, at a CAGR of 245.9% Between 2019 and 2024.
In addition, Concrete material type dominated the overall 3D printing construction market in 2018 due to its various advantages including cost-effectiveness, design flexibility, environmental resistance, extrudability, buildability, flowability, compressive strength, and open time. The concrete 3D printed house are built in record time at a much competitive prices along with a higher streamlined process where a building can be assembled in a matter of days.
There are two main types of concrete printing used in construction: gantry systems and robotic arm systems among which while the latter is not much popular but is equally effective. A robotic arm concrete 3D printer has a moveable printer head like gantry printers, however, instead of moving around a defined space, or grid, it is a crane-like structure that contains six different axes. While they move between the x, y, and z planes, they have more flexibility and reach when doing so.
A robotic arm then holds out the printer head and moves it around, layering the concrete until the project is finished.
Launch of One of the largest Robotic Arm Construction 3D Printer
According to Simpliforge Creations, makers of the newly launched Robotic Arm Construction 3D Printer, it is not only the largest Construction 3D Printer in India but also the first of this size in South Asia. The 3D Printer can print landscaping elements, furniture, statues, and wall façade, among others, to full-scale civil structures.
The printer is capable of working with environment-friendly materials like geopolymers and clay, with Simpliforge launching its proprietary construction material ‘SIMPLICRETE’ as well. The advantages of Additive Manufacturing being minimal wastage, shortened supply chains, optimal resource utilization and decentralized manufacturing are being brought to the construction Industry.
Talking about the opportunities in 3D Printing, Mr.Amit Ghule, Founder & COO, Simpliforge Creations, said, “The current 3D printer can create structures up to 7m in size, making it the largest Robotic Concrete 3D Printer in India, and in fact, the entire South Asian region. Further, the range of the printer can be increased as required.Robotic Concrete3D printer provides better design versatility and freedom to the designers whilst also being easy to deploy at project sites than gantry style printers, making it attractive to designers and project developers alike.”
Mr Dhruv Gandhi, Founder & CEO, Simpliforge Creations adding more details on the technology said, “This Robotic 3D printing technology is chosen considering the ecological advantages of the technology and the design freedom it offers.”
Equipped with a large materials library, niche design expertise and sound domain knowledge for technology applications,Simpliforge Creations aims to expand globally with its technology. The company envisions constructing unique civil structures while developing robotic technology to enable smart construction in India and abroad. This technology also gives design freedom to architects and structural engineers to experiment with unique structures for novel construction.
SURFACES REPORTER VIEW
3D Robotic Printing offers huge opportunities in the construction industry particularly for a country like India where there is a huge housing shortage and a large chunk of demand comes from the affordable category. 3D Concrete printing provides a simple and easiest way to create more number of houses in record time while not compromising on the quality. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) believes that the next 2-3 years will be particularly crucial as they will mark a huge change in the construction industry and a lot will be credited to the 3D Printing technology.
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