The Pentagon barracks will become the largest 3D-printed structures in the West
The use of 3D printing technology in construction has already shown its effectiveness in many countries of the world, so it is not surprising that the US Army plans to build three barracks with an area of 530 square meters with its help in the near future. meters each. For comparison, the area of one of the administrative buildings in Dubai erected using this technology is 640 sq. m. meters. Nevertheless, the Pentagon announced that the new barracks will become the largest 3D structures in the western hemisphere.
The barracks will be built in Fort Bliss, Texas. The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Facilities Management Command (IMCOM) and the Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) will participate in the project. The well-proven Icon Vulcan 3D printer will be used for the construction of buildings, and the design will be developed by Logan Architecture.
The barracks are designed for 72 people each. The material for layer-by-layer printing of the walls of buildings will be a special cement mixture Lavacrete Icon, which will be fed through a nozzle at a speed of 12-25 cm / sec. At the final stage, the builders will install doors, roofs, windows and carry out engineering communications.
According to the representative of the US Army, Lieutenant General Doug Gabram, the completion dates are still unknown, but construction is already in full swing.