3D black buffalo announced that its NEXCON printers and proprietary blend of 3D concrete inks, sold through its partner MAPEI Company such as Planitop 3D in North America, have been approved by the ICC Assessment Servicemeeting AC509 requirements for load-bearing, non-load-bearing, and 3D-printed shear walls up to 40 feet in height.
ICC-ES assessment reports are a popular resource used by officials internationally to verify that new and innovative building products meet code requirements. ICC-ES has certified that Black Buffalo’s 3D construction technology meets the requirements of AC509, “3D Automated Construction Technology for 3D Concrete Walls”. Black Buffalo 3D claims that it now provides the world’s only complete 3D construction printing solution to meet internationally recognized building code.
Planitop 3D Printing Construction Ink was specially developed by independent and in-house materials scientists at Black Buffalo 3D, MAPEI Corporation and Intertek Group plc.
“Black Buffalo 3D’s goal has always been to make 3D construction printing a coded alternative to traditional construction,” said Derek Chung, Founder and Acting CEO of Black Buffalo 3D. “Our AC509 certification is the result of years of hard work and dedication, and marks a significant milestone not just for us, but for the entire 3D construction printing industry recognizing that Black Buffalo customers 3D can print structures equivalent to the CMU block.”
AC509 certification represents the final step in the lengthy approval process, which included 16-hour printing sessions on NEXCON printers by the Black Buffalo 3D team, and the purchase of a more powerful machine from Intertek. to test the walls. The process included testing of the material, machine, and printed walls to verify that each component and final product could meet AC509 criteria at every stage of the 3D printing process.
“Planitop 3D will unlock the true potential of construction 3D printing by providing contractors and builders with internationally recognized certification that their projects will be strong and durable,” said Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI Corporation. . “And the resulting structures will be built quickly and at a fraction of the cost of traditional construction, meaning affordable housing can be within reach of more people.”
Black Buffalo says additive manufacturing offers a faster and more efficient approach to residential, commercial and custom construction, now that on-demand and on-site 3D printing is an officially coded technology.
There have been several developments in 3D printing in construction, especially in the United States, over the past few months. In August, ASTM International was granted funds by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a roadmap for the direction and adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies in the construction industry.
That same month, Montana became the first state in the United States to grant broad regulatory approval for 3D printing in construction, when the Department of Labor and Industry officially recognized the method used by manufacturers as Apis Cor replacing traditional CMU blocks.
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