Apis Cor is the first company to develop a mobile construction 3D printer which is capable of printing whole buildings completely on site. Their engineers, managers, builders and inventors sharing one common idea – to change the construction industry so that millions of people will have an opportunity to improve their living conditions. It is a San Francisco company that uses 3D printing and build entire hour in 24 hours. Apart from it’s low cost of building a house, the company says that this technology is beneficial to quickly help to re-house those affected by natural disasters. Watch how it actually works of the first printed house in Russia.
There are 3 main steps in 3D printing, that is modelling, printing and finishing.
The first step is to create a framework before printing. 3D models are normally created in the computer to reduce errors and correct them, allowing verification prior to printing. Other methods used is 3D scanning. The fundamental is to create a digital view of the model.
Printing process varies by technology, starting from desktop printers that melt a plastic material and lay it down onto a print platform to large industrial machines that use a laser to selectively melt metal powder at high temperatures. The printing can take hours to complete depending on the size, and the printed objects are often post-processed to reach the desired finish. Available materials also vary by printer type, ranging from plastics to rubber, sandstone, metals and alloys – with more and more materials appearing on the market every year.
The process of sanding is exactly as it sounds. The ability to use each finishing technique depends largely on part geometry and the material. These two factors determine what type of aesthetics can be achieved, as well as a part’s function because different methods allow for different textures and appearances. Some methods are better for prototypes, display models, or end-use parts
It the revolution of 3D printing as it is expanding to many industries, even for the ecosystem. See the story of how Aki make it happen here.
Source: 3D hubs, Wikipedia