Brief 

As 3D-printed construction becomes more common, it’s being used for everything from housing to schools and bridges. Advanced Intelligent Construction Technology offers another use for the tech with what it says is the world’s first 3D-printed park in Shenzhen, China.

 

Insight

As 3D-printed construction becomes more common, it’s being used for everything from housing to schools and bridges. Now yet another example of the cutting edge tech’s usefulness comes from Advanced Intelligent Construction Technology (AICT), which has completed what it hails as the first 3D-printed park in Shenzhen, China.

The 3D-printed park – or technically a park landscaped using 3D printing technology – measures 5,523 sq m (59,449 sq ft), and was created for (and is located next to) the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center.Alongside the usual mix of grass, shrubs and trees, the park is filled with a bunch of 3D-printed concrete structures, including benches for visitors to sit on, flower beds, retaining walls, pathways, curbs, and sculptures. In all, there are more than 2,000 concrete pieces.

To create all this, AICT employed a team of KUKA robots. The construction process itself was much like previous 3D-printed projects we’ve reported on and involved the robots following pre-programmed patterns as they extruded a proprietary cement-like mixture out of a nozzle, slowly building up the structures in layers.AICT is keen to stress the cost-effectiveness of 3D printing compared to traditional methods, as well as its speed.

 

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