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Innovative 3D printing technology shapes future of Australian housing
This ambitious project marks a significant step forward in the field of 3D printing technology, particularly in its application to the construction industry. It represents a fusion of innovative design, sustainable building practices, and technological advancement, setting a new benchmark for future construction projects not only in Australia but potentially worldwide.
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Innovative 3D printing technology shapes future of Australian housing
by Simon Mansfield
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2023

In a significant advancement for the Australian construction industry, Luyten 3D, a leader in 3D printing technology, has partnered with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to design and construct one of the world's most advanced 3D printed homes. This project, set to take place in Melbourne, promises to be a benchmark in the application of 3D printing technology in residential construction.

According to Ahmed Mahil, cofounder and CEO of Luyten 3D, the collaboration with UNSW, particularly with the globally recognized research group Arch_Manu, aims to demonstrate the vast potential of 3D printing in creating sustainable and affordable housing. "We have secured the services of Arch_Manu at UNSW to provide expertise and technological know-how in developing the design of the house. The design not only demonstrates the versatility and flexibility of 3D printing capability; it also captures the stunning architectural advantages of computational design and architectural manufacturing technology and the ability to create extraordinary spaces for a fraction of the cost," Mahil explained.

This Melbourne-based project is more than just a construction endeavor. It is an effort to showcase and validate the benefits of 3D printing in building homes and other structures. "Our partnership with UNSW will involve working together to document and provide a tangible proof of concept for the advantages of 3D printing, such as superior design and project management. The project will contribute to the formation of new technical standards for this mode of delivery," Mahil added.

Luyten 3D's initiative also aligns with the aim to influence the development of new building standards in Australia, specifically for integration into Australia's National Construction Code. The National Construction Code, alongside Australian Standards and the SEPP, constitutes the primary technical design and construction provisions for buildings in the country.

A/Prof M. Hank Haeusler from UNSW, the Director of Arch_Manu, highlighted the significance of this undertaking, "This will be a lighthouse project for 3D printing in Australia, encompassing state-of-the-art research in design and technology and bringing research findings into practice. It will change Australian housing."

Luyten 3D has quickly gained a global reputation since its inception for its innovative technology. Its mobile AI-powered 3D printers are celebrated for delivering fast, premium results. Moreover, the company's proprietary 3D concrete mix, Ultimatecrete, has become a preferred choice among 3D builders worldwide.

The company's advanced 3D printer technology streamlines construction projects, enabling completion within days, a stark contrast to the traditional months or years. The use of this technology leads to a 60 percent reduction in construction waste, a 70 percent decrease in production time, and an 80 percent reduction in labor costs when compared to conventional construction methods.

"In addition, the technology is proven to increase construction site efficiency with 60 percent guaranteed cost savings, 300 to 500 times shorter execution times, and an 80 percent total reduction in monetary expenses without formwork in concrete construction. The world has never seen capabilities like this before," Mahil stated.

Addressing environmental concerns, Mahil emphasized Luyten's commitment to sustainable construction. "When forming Luyten, we were cognizant of the construction industry's carbon footprint, and determined to create construction solutions for generations to come that reduce emissions. Our unmatched technology employs up to 40% less carbon dioxide emissions through propriety mixes that reduce use of cement, and the robotic systems reduce construction site and logistics carbon dioxide footprints by 50 percent to 70 percent."

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