Holcim informs GE-led, DOE-backed wind turbine base investigation

Paris-based GE Renewable Energy staged a mid-April inauguration for a Bergen, N.Y. research and development facility equipped to fabricate up to 20-meter high wind turbine base structures with outsized 3D concrete printers. The facility positions a 20-member team to optimize such concrete practice, potentially leading to fabrication of turbine pedestals’ bottom portions on-site and lower material and equipment transportation costs…

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GE unit, Holcim advance wind turbine pedestal base investigation

Sources: GE Renewable Energy, Paris; CP staff GE Renewable Energy has inaugurated a Bergen, N.Y. research and development facility equipped to cast up to 20-meter wind turbine base structures with outsized 3D concrete printers. It will enable a 20-member team to optimize such concrete practice with an eye to printing turbine pedestals’ bottom portions on-site, lowering material and equipment transportation…

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3D concrete printing on full display at International Builders’ Show

Black Buffalo 3D, a global provider of construction-scale printers and proprietary structural concrete ink, demonstrated the capabilities of its 40-ft. Nexcon model at February’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando. The device occupied much of a 60- x 80-ft. Orange County Convention Center outdoor booth, placing a low-slump, fine aggregate mix layer by layer to yield load-bearing wall assemblies.  “The premier…

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Purdue hosts 3D printing research for offshore wind energy installations

A National Science Foundation Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant is supporting development of 3D-printed concrete alternatives to traditional steel anchors for offshore wind turbines. RCAM Technologies, with U.S. and U.K. offices, will test its concrete anchor concept in West Lafayette, Ind. at the Purdue University College of Engineering’s Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil…

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ICON, Lennar partner on largest 3D-printed community

Source: Lennar Corp., Miami Construction technologies company ICON and homebuilder Lennar will build the largest neighborhood of 3D-printed homes to date using ICON’s innovative robotics, software and advanced materials. Breaking ground next year, the 100-home community will be codesigned by the acclaimed architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

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Sika ramps up support for premier 3D printing system adopter

Source: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J. Sika Executive Vice President – Concrete & Waterproofing Kyle Loyd has added two members to the 3D Concrete Printing team he leads: Marketing Coordinator Lyndsay Castle, managing sales and support activities, and Process Engineer Noah Callantine, overseeing field service and program improvements. Most immediately, they will assist West Jordan, Utah-based Pikus3D LLC, the first adopter…

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Civil Engineering program offers 3D printing technology primer

Sources: Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; CP staff The Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology presents concrete methods in “3D Printed Buildings Guide: Required Materials, Tips, and Resources” as part of a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree overview, posted here. The guide provides an overview of 3D-printed buildings; project scheduling and labor-saving advantages; challenges for adoption of the…

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ICC-ES report update envisions multi-story, 3D-printed structural concrete

Sources: Black Buffalo 3D Corp., New York; CP staff Black Buffalo, a global provider of large scale, building-grade printers and proprietary cement-based ink, has worked with the International Code Council Evaluation Service to expand criteria in the ICC-ES AC509 – 3D Automated Construction Technology for 3D Concrete Walls report from single- to multi-story building. 

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