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Concrete Castle Challenges Traditional Construction

2/7/17 8:42 AM

Courtesy: TotalKustom

3D printers are paving the way in industries across-the-board, making it easier and cheaper to manufacture products on the fly. Whether it's for personal use or business, a 3D printer will cost you a pretty penny. For all of us who don't have plans on dishing out that dough, we can just be in awe of a contractor from Minnesota who built a 3D printer that could change the future of architecture.

Andrey Rudenko spent two years developing a 3D printer from scratch that would spill out concrete, which he put to the test by building a small-scale castle in his backyard in six months' time. It's more than just a fairytale, this 3D printer can be used to construct affordable housing that will withstand natural disasters.

A year later, Rudenko went on to build the world's first 3D hotel suite complete with a jacuzzi. The two-bedroom, 1400 square-foot villa at the Lewis Grand Hotel in the Philippines took a little over 100 hours to print, making it the world's first-ever operational commercial structure created by 3D concrete printing.

Developing a 3D printer capable of oozing concrete wasn't easy. In order for Runenko to be king of his own castle, it required extensive programming and experimenting to find the dimensions for the "perfect layer" of concrete, which can be altered depending on the project. Since concrete is a science all its own, Runenko created his own mixture concocted of regular cement mix, sand and some additives. While it does take longer than usual to cure, it's viscous enough to print with and makes for smoother walls without the need for interior wall coverings.

According to Rudenko's website TotalKustom, he has hopes of building homes in the future stating, "Our mission is to develop robotic systems that will facilitate the construction of affordable, faster, zero-energy, and smarter housing."

Construction and maintenance projects require constant monitoring to ensure structural and safety concerns on the job. The temperature of concrete during the curing process is crucial in making sure it is properly set to its full strength. MadgeTech has designed a variety of data loggers for concrete curing, to view the entire collection, click here.

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