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Can 3D Printing Create Massive Legos for High-Rise Construction?

Singapore wants to try, by combining modular construction with cutting-edge 3D printing

Researchers at the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing want to bring 3D-printed high rises to Singapore's streets. The research group — operating out of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) — proposes building giant 3D printers to print entire buildings, one floor at a time. The finished modules would be transported to the construction site and then stacked like Lego blocks.

Three new residence halls at NTU are already being built with a similar "Lego-style" modular technique, but the Centre believes that 3D printing the modules, rather than building them conventionally, will help reduce Singapore's reliance on foreign construction labor.

The Centre is currently collaborating with a private company to test the feasibility of their 3D-printed construction technique, with plans to formally propose the idea to the government by the end of the year. Then, they'll get to work designing building-sized 3D printers with the aim of constructing their first prototype structures within the next three years.

Singapore Developing Plans for 3D Printed Public Housing [3DPrint.com]

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