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Concrete 3D Print Cladding

March 11, 2019

Few construction technologies can rival the appearance, all-around performance and speed of the new concrete 3D Print technology. Concrete 3D Print construction rises to all the challenges of modern buildings in terms of energy efficiency, durability, while requiring minimal maintenance.

Design: For the designer, architectural concrete 3D Print panels offers endless opportunities to develop and manipulate massing and form, and an enormous palette of colors and textures. The options for architectural expression are almost unlimited.

Quality: Our high performance concrete panel cladding are produced under strict, factory-controlled conditions to ensure high quality in the desired shapes, colors and textures, along with close tolerances. The factory environment allows for quality control and assurance procedures to be rigorously implemented.

Durability: High performance concrete elements have long-term durability and require little or no maintenance to preserve their original look. Concrete has a design life of well over 60 years.

Weather-proof: Because of low porosity of high performance concrete, concrete cladding is resistant to rain penetration and wind-blown debris. Unlike materials that deteriorate quickly, it can withstand winters of freeze-thaw cycles.

Low life-cycle cost: A concrete 3D Print façade can be designed to match the intended life of a building with minimal maintenance, providing substantial long-term savings.While aesthetically pleasing, the exterior surface is virtually airtight and watertight and does not require painting. This helps the building to remain in excellent condition long after the build cost is repaid, ensuring its desirability for future tenants or owners.

Energy-efficient: 3D Print concrete panels can provide a high degree of energy efficiency for the buildings they enclose. Recessed window walls, vertical fins and other sculptured shapes facilitate the design of many types of shading devices for window areas to reduce glare and solar gain. This reduces air-conditioning costs. Insulation may be applied to the voids of walls / cladding, or incorporated into a sandwich wall panel, which reduces heating and cooling costs.

No need for scaffolding: As the panels are lifted into position using a tower or mobile crane and restrained back to the structure with fixings internally, external scaffolding is not required – which reduces the cost of the overall building.

Program speed: 3D Print production and phased delivery to site accelerate the construction program, and a weather-tight building enclosure is rapidly achieved.

Waste reduced: Our 3D Print concrete cladding produce little or no waste as they arrive to site in a finished state. Reduction of waste at the manufacturing stage reduces the cost of the overall building.

Fire-resistant: Concrete provides the best fire resistance of any building material. It cannot be ‘set on fire’ and does not burn or emit toxic fumes, smoke or drip molten particles when exposed to fire.

All-round cost reduction: Each of the above advantages contributes to reducing costs, whether in the short or long term. Off-site prefabrication and increased on-site productivity –especially if the panelisation scheme uses the largest units possible to deliver and handle on-site – ensure optimum value. Less dependence on on-site activities helps to stabilize the overall cost of a building. A shorter construction period reduces interim financing costs. In the longer term, the durability and minimum maintenance ensure further savings.