From Valencia, specifically from the company Be More 3D We receive information about the creation and design of what is today the first Spanish concrete 3D printer. This new project has been recently presented at EUBIM 2016, a congress that has been held at the Higher Technical School of Building Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. As a detail, tell you that this new project has been underway since May 2015.
Be More 3D is a company that today is dedicated to both design and 3D printingFurthermore, as often happens with all these companies, they also touch market sectors such as new product development and 3D scanning. Among the company's clients, it is worth highlighting, for example, the presence of architecture students or graduated architects who need to make models of their projects, as well as all kinds of engineers who want to test their pieces to scale.
Going back to the creation of this new printer, it is worth highlighting the difficulty that Be More 3D has had to carry it out since, at first, they did not have the funding and support of the UPV, so they had to start the project in the garage of the house of one of the main managers. Precisely because they did not have funding, they had to develop the project by financing themselves and reversing what was generated.
As is logical, the operation of this printer created by Be More 3D is more than similar to a plastic 3D printer although on a larger scale. Going into a little more detail we find a bipedal structure formed by two columns supported in turn on wheels that performs a bidirectional movement in the "X" axis. On the transverse axis we find the devices that actually store and print the concrete and that move along a guide along the entire «Y» axis. It is in this last beam that, going up and down, it is possible to solve the «Z» axis.
At the moment we are only facing a 1/4 scale prototype so its current applications are very limited but it is foreseen that in the future this scale will be enlarged in order to achieve, for example, the construction of a whole house solely of concrete. Currently the truth is that it is a more than interesting project for academic research. Another point in favor of this machine is that its assembly can only be carried out by three people without the need for complex tools or heavy cranes.