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MASSIVit 3D Construction Moulds

 

Discover how the introduction of Massivit 3D 1800 Pro printers have allowed the construction industry to produce structures more sustainably. Interested to find out how your company can benefit in the same way? Contact us using the button below.

Problem

Eight percent of the worlds CO2 emissions are created by concrete manufacturing. On top of that according to Andrew Wheeler (Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency) the construction industry makes up fourty percent of the planets waste. Consequently making construction sustainable is of very high importance when it comes to concrete. Large format 3D printing with Massivit 3D potentially offers an opportunity to answer all these demands but how can we introduce it?

There are currently two methods being explored on how to combat this predicament. Firstly CarbonCure are trying to create a solution that actually reverses the effect of CO2. They are doing this by introducing recycled CO2 to the concrete so they can reduce its carbon footprint. Secondly there is ETH in Zurich who are trying to reduce the amount of concrete needed in the first place.

If the goal is to reduce the amount of concrete used by thirty – fourty percent then Massivit 3D have already created a solution with their Geoplast formworks moulds.

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Solution

These casting moulds are produced by using a Massivit 1800 3D printer, it is a cost-effective way of producing them as it only requires a small amount of 3D printing materials. It also gives designers/architects more freedom when it comes to the geometry of columns, slabs and walls.

Massivit 3D’s moulds are also better than the traditional silicone ones as they are quick and easy to remove and don’t even require a release agent. Even though they provide more freedom than traditional methods they cannot produce super complex geometries, limiting what the architects can do. Large 3D printers can easily and quickly enhance components like this, both aesthetically and cost-effectively by producing these large-scale joints.

One of the key benefits of the Massivit 3D printing technology is the limited amount of support structures required during production. This significantly adds value towards a more sustainable construction solution. The concrete structure produced has the same overall strength but uses far less concrete. As the printer can produce hollow joints and end parts it uses less printing material and in turn less concrete.

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