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Singapore wants to 3D print skyscrapers – Quartz

by • February 11, 2016 • No Comments

In the next, constructing skyscrapers may be as easy as next the instructions on a Lego model—albeit on a much grander scale.
The city-state of Singapore has invested S$150 million (roughly $100 million) into the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at Nanyang Technological University to test out 3D printing concrete blocks on a sizeable scale. According to 3DPrint, the school is looking into assembling new printing devices to turn it into the blocks. “In the area of hovia there are quite big challenges,” Chua Chee Kai, the center’s director, told 3DPrint. “There is no assistance of 3D printing devices and no availability of printable concrete. We have to create all this of scratch.”
Chua said the goal can be to turn it into printed, interlocking concrete blocks which can be created anywhere, shipped to a assembling site, and assembled, much like Lego. The school’s newest dorms were in fact created with prefabricated blocks, 3DPrint pointed out, but they were created via traditional methods, pretty than 3D printed.

3D printing has been heralded to have the future to turn it into a “new era in making.” There have actually been a few new successes in 3D printing with concrete, as well as 3D printing entire assemblings, but until it’s cheaper or additional efficient than traditional making techniques, there’s not quite a reason to do it. According to GovInsider, yet, Singapore faces an aging population, relying heavily on migrant workers for sizeable construction problems. 3D printing may solve these manpower issues, efficiently pumping out new hovia projects as needed.

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