ICON, a Texas-based company specializing in 3D printing, is responsible for the largest 3D-printed structure throughout North America. All because barracks were printed for soldiers in Texas and they measure a whole 353 square meters.
The barracks for soldiers have just been printed and a record for the size of 3D construction across North America has been broken
The printing process for such large barracks ended last month, and the Texas company Logan Architecture is also responsible for its design, which has faced the challenge of printing barracks for a total of 72 guardsmen “over the decades.” At least, this is how the strength of this structure was assessed by a spokesman for the Texas Military Department, who believes that an example of this project will be used for faster construction of military houses and fortifications in the future, especially in remote areas.
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In this process, the first fiddle was played by a huge machine that printed the walls of the barracks “layer by layer” with the use of concrete mix. The cross-section of the barracks design shows that these walls are made of not one, but two layers of concrete mix with a layer of insulation between them.
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This simple procedure should keep your building warm in winter and cool in hot Texas summers. An additional third layer was placed on top, connecting the two vertical layers and providing structural reinforcement. The cutouts in the design accommodated spaces for doors and windows, which were added later by human workers. Just like the roof itself.