3D-printed concrete: Construction and climate resilience possibilities

As a leading authority on engineering and architectural practice, WSP is helping construction clients find new and effective ways to add 3D-printed concrete (3DPC)—a form of automated fabrication that reduces labor cost, planning time and waste—to their project menus. With 3DPC, a robot layers beads of mortar-like material to build structures from the ground up. This allows users to print…

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Empire State agencies underwrite 3D-printed turbine foundation specialist

Reinforced Concrete Additive Manufacturing Technologies (RCAM), Los Angeles-based developer of 3D-printed concrete renewable energy and energy storage components, has been named to the Year 1 cohort of the New York State- and New York City-backed Offshore Wind Innovation Hub. Participants are afforded a six-month mentoring and business development program leading to potential partnerships in the offshore wind value chain.  RCAM…

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Montana code officials move first to view 3D-printed, block walls equally

Sources: Apis Cor, Melbourne, Fla.; CP staff Montana building code regulators are the first among U.S. state peers to approve 3D-printed concrete or cementitious mortar layers as an equal replacement for concrete masonry units in load-bearing walls. Montana native and Billings general contractor Tim Stark secured a nod to use Apis Cor printing technology for housing developments, confident the equipment…

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3D-printed concrete specialist to keynote agency’s two-day, online conference

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Building Sciences has replaced its Washington, D.C. conference this year with Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition, billing the August 18-19 program as “a powerfully compact event, focusing on technology, workforce, resilience and Covid-19.”

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Quikrete Cos. and Energy Department partner on 3D-printed concrete project

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Atlanta-based Quikrete Companies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, have entered a cooperative research and development agreement to design next-generation concrete for production of large-scale structures or elements through a 3D printing process (see “Sweet Success,” page 50). Using an Oak Ridge-developed additive manufacturing system, the two-phase, two-year collaboration will target specially-formulated mixes spawning new construction capabilities.

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HUD Secretary Carson on board with P3 projects, 3D-printed concrete


The day before visiting the proof of 3D concrete printing concept house in Austin, Texas, (note page 20) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson addressed Trump Administration measures responding to increased building demand in cities across the country at the Public-Private Partnership Conference in Dallas:

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