Synergizing Skills: The Role of 3D Printing in Mixed Construction

3D concrete printing in conjunction with metal structures is an innovative approach that combines the advantages of both technologies, resulting in more efficient, durable, and sustainable structures. Concrete 3D printing allows for the creation of customized and complex shapes, optimizing material usage and accelerating construction timelines. Meanwhile, metal structures provide structural strength and rigidity, capable of supporting significant loads.

The synergy between these two technologies enables the construction of more efficient structures in terms of space, energy, and resources. Additionally, the technique allows for the creation of structures with thinner walls, reducing material consumption. The combination of 3D printed, and metal structures enhances the overall strength of constructions, where metal columns, beams, and slabs can be integrated to support the structure’s weight and external loads.

Although 3D concrete printing with metal structures is still in the development phase, there are already notable examples, such as the Dior store in Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. This store comprises two circular modules printed with WASP’s printing technology, featuring printed walls and a metal structure used architecturally for the roof, complemented by glass for enclosure, providing ample natural light. In Brazil, this technology is in its early stages of adoption but holds transformative potential for the construction industry, offering efficiency, durability, and sustainability.