It's estimated that between 5 and 10% of all human-produced carbon emissions originate from the production of cement. For those serious about reducing environmental impact, it's impossible not to explore new methods in concrete construction. Few areas that show more promise than 3D printing. With N3XTCON, we and a range of partners (manufacturers, researchers, developers, and designers) supported by the Danish Innovation Fund are exploring the possibilities and limits of 3D printing. Focusing on how an already fundamentally precise craft can be made even sharper and less wasteful, the end goal is to produce not a building, but software and printers that make 3D printing concrete not just viable but feasible.
3D printing allows greater precision in material use; working from calculations made from digital models, it facilitates seamless prototyping and precise construction. Bridging concept and reality, our end goal is to develop a prototypical built structure that showcases the improved printing process and its capabilities.
Forecasting already proves that 3D printing is capable of significantly improving overall productivity while lowering building costs - all while adding a unique aesthetic quality to the design.
The project will culminate in a prototype for a built structure showcasing the improved printing process developed during the partnership. Ultimately, our goal is to produce a full-scale 3D printing concrete building with reduced CO2 emissions.
The future impact of the N3XTCON project encompasses the highlighted UN Sustainable Development Goals.