S-Squared 3D Printers (SQ3D), a 3D printer manufacturing and service company based in New York, has introduced its patent-pending Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS).
Capable of constructing homes, roads, bridges, and commercial buildings, the specialized ARCS 3D printer is said to outperform traditional construction by reducing both time and cost up to 70%. The company states:
“Our mission is to revolutionize the construction industry forever. This kind of outside-the-box thinking and solutions will reduce environmental impact, cut overhead costs, save lives and prevent injuries.”
The Autonomous Robotic Construction System
Additive manufacturing in construction has resulted in sustainable 3D printed housing in remote locations. With increased design freedom, architectural 3D printing systems enable the potential to a variety of structures in areas where materials and labor are scarce.
Leveraging the capabilities of this technology, engineers from SQ3D have developed a safe, effective, and eco-friendly way to build, solving the increasingly complex demand of current construction.
ARCS is capable of printing cement structures ranging from 500 square feet to over 1 million square feet. These 3D printed structures are mold and fire resistant and built to withstand severe weather. The system takes an estimated six hours to set up. Furthermore, the buildings created with ARCS are said to have a structural integrity that can last a century and require little maintenance.
According to SQ3D, OSHA instructors have praised this machine for its potential to reduce some of the most common injuries associated with construction. Moreover, the ARCS will be utilized in several construction projects to be announced in the near future.
The environmental impact of 3D printed houses
With the ability to use natural materials, 3D printed houses and structures have become a sustainable and cost-effective option within construction. The Italian manufacturer behind DeltaWASP 3D printers, WASP, have recently demonstrated the potential for 3D printed sustainable housing with the release of its new construction system used to accelerate the development of the eco-friendly village of Shamballa.
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Featured image shows S-Squared 3D Printer’s Autonomous Robotic Construction System (A.R.C.S.) Photo via S-Squared 3D Printer.