3D PRINTING MATERIAL
When we say we started from the ground up, we truly mean it! For all his advancements, Frank would be pointless without high quality, highly functional printing material — and the standard material on the market just wasn't cutting it.
While concrete is the construction industry standard, it poses myriad problems for 3D printing applications. Thus, we had to find the sweet spot at which our printing material would flow easily through the hoses and Frank’s extruder without slumping — while still bonding between layers, curing quickly and maintaining its layer shape.
The end product is a dry mortar with aggregates pre-mixed in the proper ratio, delivering perfect results every time with no guesswork.
At Apis Cor, our team has extensive experience in material science for construction 3D printing to provide the best material for the job.
Concrete Masonry Unit ("Cinder Block")
CMUs are the gold-standard for resilient construction.
Apis Cor's 3D printed walls are virtually identical to CMU construction. This enables our 3D printed walls to:
Conform with existing CMU building codes.
Resist to wind, water, fire, mold and pests.
Simplify integration with trades and finishing work.
3D PRINTED STRUCTRES:
SAFE AND SOUND
Frank may carry out his work in an entirely new and unique way, but the results are still comparable to standard CMU (Concrete Masonry Unit) walls. Reinforcement, roofing and all other tasks are then completed in the same way as typical housing projects.
Since our 3D printed structures are directly comparable to the well-documented and accepted reinforced concrete masonry unit (CMU) wall we reinforce them the same way.
The building layout is designed to simplify the necessary structural calculations such that the design complies with local building codes. Our 3D material reaches 3,627 Psi after 28 days of curing, exceeding construction code standards.
MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING
MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING (MEP)
After the walls are printed, the electrical, mechanical and plumbing components are installed in the same manner as a CMU-built house. However, emerging technology is consistently introducing more efficient installation methods.
CUTTING AND DRILLING
The walls are cut and drilled as you would with traditional CMU or concrete walls. 3D printing technology simply changes the way the walls are built — from manually to robotically. The remaining processes are not significantly affected.
3D print material design is a complex science that differs significantly from regular concrete. 3D print material can be created in a variety of ways with different properties and features.
At Apis Cor, our material benefits from a fast flow and setting time, so the structures can be printed without the need to stop and wait for the layers to harden before continuing on.
FINISHING AND INSULATION
The same insulation is used for 3D printed walls as regular CMU walls. Following local requirements, different insulation materials are installed on the wall to meet the building envelope’s desired R-value.
Apply any type of finishing materials to achieve the results you want for your design. 3D printed walls can be covered with stucco or simply painted over. The walls we print are impressively smooth, without the unsightly "sausage effect" — meaning they require less material and effort to finish the wall surface.
3D PRINTED STRUCTURES AS COMPARABLE TO MASONRY CONSTRUCTION EDITION 2019
We at Apis Cor have invested heavily in developing a high-performance print material without compromise, and we are one of the only companies that has published third-party engineering tests on our 3D print material. Learn more about our 3D printed wall structures as comparable to CMU. Lear more on
MORE TO COME
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS WITH NO CEMENT
3D printing technology unlocks new horizons for material science. There are many different ways to create 3D print material, with mix designs to suit various applications and unique requirements. Apis Cor’s current focus is transitioning to even more eco-friendly materials that do not contain cement as a binder.
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO LEARN
Start with our online course which contains more than 15 sessions packed full of insights!
What is the technology of 3D printed buildings? How does it work? What materials are used? Is it really better than traditional construction? What are the hidden costs of this emerging technology? What are the different types of 3D printers available today?
You will learn the answers to THESE questions and MANY others in our online exciting and interactive online course "Fundamentals of Construction 3D Printing"
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