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Singapore Developing Plans for 3D Printed Public Housing

by • February 9, 2016 • No Comments

Nanyang_Technological_University_(logo)Singapore has been one of the busiest locations in the 3D printing industry lately. The city-state has created 3D printing a leading priority, with several sizeable centers and organizations dedicated to the innovation. There’s the Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster, which is led by experts of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). In addition a part of NTU is the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, which is working on one of the most daring uses of the innovation yet: 3D printed public hovia.

IMG_7422Innovations in assembling construction are slow to take hold, understandably: most individuals may pretty live and work in assemblings which have been created via traditional, proven methods than ones which have been created via experimental, unproven techniques. In the construction industry, safety should, of course, come preceding anything else, but which does not mean which new methods shouldn’t be considered and probably implemented after thorough testing. 3D printing has been discussed for years as the next next of architecture, and it’s really slowly starting to take hold. We’ve seen temporary 3D printed office spaces, and 3D printed bridges. Many organizations are createing ways of 3D printing leading structural elements, and creative yetts for 3D printed walls and interior create elements are flowing like crazy.

The yett of a 3D printed high-rise assembling is a thing various, yet. Whilst it’s revealing itself to be a reliable method of construction in most forms, it’s yet so new and relatively untested which it’s a scary prospect for a lot of individuals – especially when thinking living in a printed apartment assembling thousands of feet off the ground. But which’s exactly the yett which the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing wants to test.

The yett, according to the Centre’s Executive Director Professor Chua Chee Kai, is to print the assemblings one story at a time, and so transport them to the construction site and stack them like Legos. This “Lego-style” fabrication method, officially known as “Prefabricated Pre-Finished Volumetric Construction,” has may already been utilized to create three new residence halls at NTU, alyet the individual stackable modules are created with additional traditional construction methods.


NTU’s “Lego-style” residence halls

Not ereally element of the public hovia assemblings may be 3D printed, but the leading structural components may be. The Centre, which is working with a private company to test the yett, intends to formally present it to government agencies later this year. If all goes according to plan, a prototype may be created inside three years. But initially, a few extra-sizeable printing equipment can have to be created – sizeable adequate to print leading assembling parts.

“In the area of hovia there are really big challenges,” said Professor Chua. “There is no assistance of 3D printing equipment and no availability of printable concrete. We have to create all this of scratch.”

sc3dpbannerThey pretty should have the resources to do so, yet. The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing was set up with $150 million by the government and local industry for the purpose of researching ways which 3D printing can be utilized inside the city. Singapore already depends heavily on foreign workers for construction, which, combined with an aging population, produces a few urgency for the government to create additional productive, less labor-intensive construction methods. The Centre is in addition researching the next to 3D print weapons parts for the military, as well as multiple healthcare applications. Discuss in the Singapore 3D Printed High Rises forum over at 3DPB.com.