Marked as Southeast Asia’s largest 3D printer for construction, it was declared operational and soon to be used in Singapore by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) at the HDB PEAK forum event on 11th September 2019.
The 3D printer is capable of printing concrete and components up to 9 metres long, 3.5 metres wide and 3.8 metres tall. It was developed by Witteveen+Bos South-East Asia Pte Ltd, and is a joint project with Robin Village Development Pte Ltd and the Nanyang Technological University.
As the public housing authority in Singapore, HDB is responsible for the development of the majority of the housing in the country. There is a demand for rapid housing development and 3D printing can help speed up the process.
The 3D printer combines Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology with additive manufacturing (AM) techniques to allow free-form construction without the need for moulds or forms, which directly reduces material waste.
This could in turn improve productivity, reducing time and labour resources for the construction industry. It would also open up new opportunities for more unconventional designs. – Construction + Online