Apis Cor, a specialist in 3D building printing technology, recently completed the construction of what can be called the largest “printed” building in the world today. This building, located in Dubai, is the building of an administrative building, it was erected using a single three-dimensional printer, although it is worth recognizing that a significant part of the work was done in the old fashion by human builders.
The two-story administrative building has a height of 9.5 meters and a total area of 640 square meters. Its construction was carried out in a completely traditional way, by extruding cement sweep through the nose of the printer, which layer by layer formed the entire structure of the building. Since the building being built had a sufficiently large size, the Apis Cor 3D printer was suspended in the air using a crane and could only build one separate room at a time. Because of this, the entire process of building the building took three weeks time.
As mentioned above, a fairly large part of the work was carried out by people-builders who laid the foundation, were engaged in the installation of windows, doors, ceilings and roofs, plus all internal communications were carried out. Moreover, people manually poured concrete on those rare places where the nose of a three-dimensional printer could not reach.
“3D building printing technologies are still at an early stage of development,” says Nikita Cheniuntai, CEO and founder of Apis Cor, “We are constantly doing research and development, making these technologies more affordable for mass use. And we are very grateful to the leadership of the Dubai Municipality, which allowed us to build a new building, thanks to which we gained valuable experience and were able to improve the composition of our building mix, which in the future will increase the speed of the builder at least twice”.
In conclusion, it should be noted that in the past, Apis Cor built a residential building, which is the smallest “printed” residential building. In addition, the same company won the NASA competition, the purpose of which was the construction of inhabited bases on other planets using 3D printing technology. And now the specialists of this company are studying the question of whether the “printed” buildings comply with all established building codes?