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First 3D Construction Printing Conference Launched in Denmark

Mon January 30, 2017 - National Edition
Sam Davies

A 3D-printed office in Dubai- 3D Printhuset.
A 3D-printed office in Dubai- 3D Printhuset.
A 3D-printed office in Dubai- 3D Printhuset. The first 3D-printed bridge in Spain- 3D Printhuset.

Scandinavia's leading supplier of 3D technology, 3D Printhuset is organizing the Northern European region's first 3D construction printing conference.

The conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 28th and feature five 3D construction printing experts sharing their experiences and knowledge. 3D Printhuset has coordinated the show with the assistance of sister company, Larsen & Partners A/S, an international construction consultancy firm. Experts from D-Shape (Italy); Cyber Construction and Eindhoven Technical Universities (both The Netherlands); Lund (Sweden); and Ecole Centrale de Lille (France) will take to the stage to offer insights into 3D technology and construction to an audience made up of Scandinavia building sector players.

The conference will focus on a potential disruption in the industry from a more prevalent application of 3D technology, which allows greater freedom in designs, saves time and can be more eco-friendly. Enrico Dini, the representative of D-Shape taking to the stage next month, has been a champion of 3D printing in construction for over ten years. He has become famous in the field as 'the man who prints houses'.

“Already when I was in my 40s, I understood that 3D printing could be the way to affordably achieve beauty in architecture and construction, and since then I devoted my life to make it happen,” said Dini. “Within the next decades I imagine that our future urban landscape will be enriched by architectural, algorithmic and topology optimised buildings, perfectly harmonised with the environment due to 3D-printed constructions.”

The potential of 3D technology being fully utilised in the construction sector, has the field experiencing a buzz of vibrancy. Not least because of the greater freedom 3D design technology allows architects, but also because of the reduction in costs and materials that will typically be seen.

“In the building industry we are very focused on how we can increase productivity and reduce the amount of materials used,” said Hans Blinkilde, Business Development Manager at NCC Construction, one of the largest contractors in Scandinavia. “Therefore, there are many good reasons to investigate the possibilities of more automated and less materials consuming technologies. 3D construction printing is one of such technologies that we are following at close hand, and in which we see a large potential.”

In addition to the five European experts offering their visions on 3D construction printing, 3D Printhuset and Larsen & Partners will provide an overview of their 2016, which saw their involvement in over 30 construction printing projects. The Conference will take place on February 28th at the Danish Technological Institute in Copenhagen.

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