Top 5: The World’s First 3D Printed Concrete Park

Published on October 30, 2022 by Claire S.
3D printed concrete park

Hello everybody and happy Sunday! We hope you are enjoying the end of October. For your top 5 videos this week, we have collated a list of some of the most exciting projects and talks, including the world’s first 3D printed park, printed housing in Virginia, how PepsiCo uses additive manufacturing for their consumer goods, and a TedTalk on bionic arms! No matter your area of interest, this list should grab your attention. We hope you enjoy these videos and that you learn a lot from them.

As always, happy watching!

Top 1: World’s First Concrete Park From 3D Printing

In China, the world’s first park has been 3d printed by the American company Advanced Intelligent Construction Technology (AICT), using concrete. The project took just two and a half months and at half the cost of traditional methods.The video shows an extensive open space with concrete benches, flowerbeds, and walls, as well as artificial grass. In total, it stretches over 55,000 square feet. The project took just two and a half months and at half the cost of traditional methods.

Top 2: Using Additive Manufacturing For Bottle Shape Designs

This short video shows how PepsiCo (the brand behind Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and Gatorade, to name a few) has used a hybrid of 3D printing and traditional methods for blow molding (a process to produces hollow parts). They used the Nexus3D printer and photopolymers to make the mold inserts, and then company Mantle printed with a metal paste which was milled by a CNC mill, then extruded and sintered. The parts come out ready for the blow molding process. The video gives us a visual overview of the technical process as well as explaining the reasons behind it.

Top 3: TedTalk on 3D Printing of Bionic Arms

Orhan Bagashov was just 14 when he co-founded eBionyx in 2014, a company which aims to tackle the high costs and lack of accessibliity of bionic arms. He was inspired by a competition in which he created a bionic arm with his friends for UNICEF as part of the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2019/2020. His business model involves the reduction of the service cost- price of the fitting process- by making it available online worldwide. In this Ted Talk, he explains his motivations and how the company has developed in recent years.

Top 4: Housing in Richmond, Virginia

The extended walls of a new house have been printed using additive manufacturing after a grant was given by Virginia Housing to bring a 3D modular construction printer from Denmark to Virginia, USA. This video discusses the benefits of using 3D printing for construction, mentioning cost savings across the board and improved efficiency. The speakers in the video believe that the building of this house could pave the way towards more and more houses and contribute towards a restructure in the workforce as it tends towards 3D printing. Most importantly, as they put it, “A family is moving in, and that’s what is important.”

Top 5: AM for Optimized Cycling

Finally, we round off our collection with a video about the use of 3D printing in cycling parts. It is a talk between Ronan (of CyclingTips on Youtube) and Dimitris Katsanis of Metron Additive Engineering. They discuss how 3D printing can be used to improve bicycle parts. Metron Advanced Equipment was founded in 2007 and was part of the so-called Secret Squirrel Club, British Cycling’s million pound research and development department. Katsanis’ company was responsible for producing the bicycle parts used by the team. Here, he gives insight into his work and the technicalities of 3D printing.

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*Cover photo credits: Wonder World on Youtube 

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