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Precast Concrete Turns to 3D Printing, Magazine Says

By SME Media Staff

The precast concrete industry is looking at using 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing magazine said.

Gate Precast used 3D printed forms during construction of a 42-story building in New York, the magazine said. The publication said Gate Precast determined 3D printed tool worked “for a job requiring high repeatability over many concrete pours.”

Oak Ridge National Laboratory introduced the idea of using 3D printing for concrete tooling to the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, a trade association, Additive Manufacturing said.

The two organizations worked on a research project, the magazine said. Gate Precast ended up using 3D printing after approaching Oak Ridge, the publication said.

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