22 Jul Don’t build it…Just print it!
Technology is rapidly emerging into our daily lives and most of the time this is happening at the speed of light. Sometimes we wonder which is faster; our thoughts or technology?
Now technology is always surprising us with new ideas, products, and services that we had never even thought about before. This evolution can be found in all different sectors – business and daily – which is changing the way we move, think and react to different situations every day.
The modular industry isn’t an exception. On a daily basis, we see the whole industry changing and becoming more efficient, flexible and eco-oriented, providing smarter and greener solutions for a long/short-term period, depending on the needs of the customer. People’s perception has totally changed in the last five years regarding modular building solutions, as they now realise that they can still enjoy the same luxury and comfort of a normal build in much less time (in most cases 50% – 70% less time!), with less money being spent and a lot more flexibility than a traditional structured building.
In February 2015, on the outskirts of Changsha, in Southern China, Mr. Yue, and his company managed to construct a 204m tower which included: 19 atriums, office space for 4,000 people and 800 apartments. What really made this tower stand out is the number 19. This was the total number of days needed in order to fully complete the project! China is obviously leading the way in this technological revolution as recently another Chinese company, Zhuoda Group, has revealed that soon there will be no need to construct a modular building as it will be possible to be print it. They have developed a unique form of 3D printed buildings; actually so unique, that not only have they applied for over 22 patents of the technology, but they are also reluctant to give away the exact process. Unlike other forms of 3D printing of large structures, which use a cement base for construction, Zhuoda does not. In fact, the material that they use is being called a ‘secret’, although they have many parties interested in purchasing it.
The buildings that are being fabricated are strong enough to endure a magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale, withstand extreme weather conditions whilst providing appropriate insulation. On top of this, the buildings are also fireproof, waterproof, and virtually corrosion-proof. Also, another testing has shown that these buildings can tolerate average wear and tear for at least 150 years in virtually any environment here on earth. The company further says that a typical 500 square meter villa could be completely constructed in just 15 days’ time.
The use of 3D printing in architecture is still small as logistics are being ironed out, but a new proof of concept has just been unveiled. The 250-square-metre space (2,700 square foot) is what Dubai’s Museum of the Future project is calling the world’s first 3D-printed office building
According to Zhang Yue (Founder and CEO of the Broaded Group): “Here comes the revolution and the revolution will be modular”.