New 3D Construction Printer Can Print Buildings 50 Feet Tall

first_img Geek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen SetWatch: Rocker Tries to Break World’s First 3D-Printed, Smash-Proof Guitar Stay on target A typical 3D printer has a build area somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 cubic inches. The S-500, however, does not live in that neighborhood. It’s a 50-foot tall behemoth.The S-500 is a new 3D construction printer that was recently unveiled by Russia-based AMT-SPETSAVIA. That’s it pictured above laying out the skeleton of a multi-story office building.It doesn’t require a ton of room on a building site to set up. According to the company’s press release the S-500 can operate in a corridor just over 5 feet wide and about 38 feet long. The default configuration stands a touch under 50 feet tall — though AMT-SPETSAVIA says that it can be pushed as high as 263 feet.AdChoices广告That would mean that the S-500 is theoretically capable of printing a 23-story building. As of right now, there’s some work to be done to ensure that a printed building that tall would still be structurally sound.One of AMT-SPETSAVIA’s 3D construction printers at workBuildings that the S-500 can build safely go up at a brisk pace. AMT-SPETSAVIA reports that it can lay down 88 cubic feet of concrete per hour. That doesn’t appear to be quick enough to keep up with Hadrian’s insanely-fast block laying robot, but the S-500 has the edge in terms of flexibility.AMT-SPETSAVIA has a second model, the S-300, that’s designed to print buildings that are one or two stories tall. The company expects to ship its first production models to customers later this year.Last year they successfully completed Europe’s first habitable home that was 3D-printed on-site. The proof-of-concept structure took quite a while to complete — more than two years — as the company worked out the kinks in the printing process.At the time, AMT-SPETSAVIA hadn’t come up with a solution for roofs or second floors. Clearly, they’ve got that sorted out now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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