Winsun Top Meeting October 17 2019

3D Printing Construction Industry Leaders Seminar, Suzhou China

SUZHOU, October 17 2019 – The 3D Printed Building Technology and Infrastructure Application Seminar was held at the Suzhou Plant of Yingchuang Building Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd on October 17th, 2019. A Chinese High-level delegation of Directors or the largest Chinese construction corporations visits Winsun 3D Parks in Shanghai and Suzhou.

During the program, participants visited Winsun 3D Printing Cycle Industrial Park in Qingpu Shanghai, the Winsun 3D Printing Factory in Suzhou and their latest 3D Printed Ecological Revetment wall project along the Suzhou Creek shoreline. 

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The 500 meters Suzhou Creek shoreline is the world’s first 3D printed river revetment wall with modules to provide a retaining wall for protection. This ecologically developed riverbank shoreline is integrally formed with the function of retaining the earth and stop the impact of the waves. This new development allows for an upgraded river revetment function that is enabled by 3D printing construction technology. From the original “common water flow” function, it has now evolved into both flood control and it preserves its original ecological functions. 3D printing technology changes the shoreline to maintain the static beauty of its past “smooth and straight direction”, which makes the riverbank bank move, providing a high-quality living environment for local flora and fauna, and provides a safe and recreational spot with beautiful aesthetics for coastal residents. Several spaces are created to provide a colorful green riverside. The printed structures are set on top of the riverbank and provides habitat for nature and plants to grow on top of the wall.

The conference gathered representatives from different fields such as government, enterprises, scientific research institutions, financial institutions, etc and explored 3D printed building technology in the field of construction, municipal, infrastructure, engineering, ecological coastline, and diversified perspectives.

3D printing is the future of our industrial development and may grow to a mainstream production method. The construction industry standards, strengthens and expands, and seizes the initiative to deepen infrastructure and public welfare projects. Mr. Ma Yihe showed the members of the delegation the different sites. As Chairman of Yingchuang he explained about his experiences in the journey to develop and expand 3D printing technolgy inside China and abroad. He wenth through the pioneering, innovating, environmentally friendly, economical and applicable characteristics of the developed 3D printed construction methods.

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Winsun has created more than 225 national patents and successfully printed products such as dwelling houses, ecological projects, infrastructure projects and Huimin projects. It is the first high-tech enterprise in the world to truly realize 3D printed construction and put the technology on the market. The audience was impressed by all information that was shared, and was very interested to explore future projects, due the the advantages that 3D printing is providing for construction and infrastructure projects.

Ms Ye Haohong, the senior engineer at the Shanghai Research Institution of Building Sciences, thoroughly explained the quality of the products, materials and the development of 3D printed building standards for Yingchuang’s 3D printed buildings. Winsun’s 3D printed building materials environmental protection index and radioactivity index are in line with national standards. Also the developed technology meets the structural destructive test of printed small houses, promotes the application of 3D printed technology market, and urgently needs the state to promote the construction of national standards. Let 3D printed building technology be widely used.

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Participants speak freely Mr. Qi, Chairman of China Railway Construction Corporation Co., Ltd (CRCC) said that “3D printed is going to break through the standard limitations in products, integrate products and solve comprehensive problems.” Mr Zhuang Jiliang, vice president of the China Association for Poverty Alleviation, said that in many poor areas of China, its resources are not poor, and the poor is the infrastructure. Winsun 3D printed buildings use solid waste as raw materials, and the cost is lower than traditional methods, which can change poverty alleviation facilities.

Mr. Yu Shengkuan, founder of Henan Institute of Intelligent Technology, pointed out that the core elasticity of 3D printed building gold content is the most fundamental vitality. Yingchuang should open the market by making a fuss about the concept of drift. Mr. Li Long, deputy general manager of China Communications Technology Co., Ltd. said that Winsun has truly identified its own market objectives, positioning and innovation. Zhu Jianping, chairman of Wuyuan Company, said that 3D printed buildings will be a corner overtaking for the construction and development of African countries such as Nigeria, and it is expected that the 3D printed buildings will be scaled up in Nigeria. Mr. Li Yimin, the head of the branch of the China Financial and Economic Publishing House of the Ministry of Finance, pointed out that 3D technology will solve the employment problem.

After the meeting, Mr. Wang Lin, CEO of Winsun (Yingchuang Building Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd) announced to the participants their 3D printing construction cooperation modes. Yingchuang highlights the open cooperation model. The cooperation lies in the cooperation and win-win situation, complementing each other’s advantages, making things bigger and bigger, serving the national one-on-one strategy, and developing in terms of profitability and operational capability.

Everyone fully expressed their views and discussed how to cooperate and jointly promote 3D printing construction technology. This meeting shared the most cutting-edge ideas and promoted true cooperation.

Winsun Nigeria project

During the conference, attention went to the latest developments in Africa. Eric Hoefmans, COO of the Nigerian Joint Venture Nigeria explained the development and market application of 3D printed buildings in Nigeria. The country has expressed intersed to further develop 3D printing project for their affordable housing programmes, for example for 12000 units for Lagos State government.

Amongst the High-Level Members that attended were: Directors of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, former director of the Research Center of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, Dr. Li Baomin, Secretary of the Party Committee, Ma Yihe, Chairman of Winsun (Yingchuang Building Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.), Mr. Qi, Chairman of China Railway Construction Corporation, and Vice President of China Association for Poverty Alleviation Mr. Zhuang Jiliang, founder of Henan Intelligent Technology Research Institute, Mr. Yu Shengkuan, Deputy General Manager of China Communications Technology, Mr. Li Long, Chief Economist, Mr. Zhang Xu, Deputy General Manager of Sunshine City Group Construction Department, China Finance and Economic Publishing House, Ministry of Finance Mr. Li Minmin, the president of the branch, Mr. Li Jiangfan, the director of China Emerging Group, Mr. Chen Guangjie, the deputy director of the Waterway Management Office of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Mr. Zhu Jianping, the chairman of Wuyuan Company, Eric Hoefmans, COO Winsun 3D Builders Africa (Nigeria) Joint Venture, Shanghai Research Institute Building Sciences, Ms Ye Haohong, a professor-level senior engineer, attended the seminar.

Participants first visited the:

  • Winsun 3D Printed Cycle Industrial Park Qingpu Shanghai;
  • Winsun 3D Printed Sushen Outer Port Line Ecological River Bank Line; and
  • Winsun 3D Printed Suzhou Industrial Park.
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For this upcoming event on October 7-8 2019 in Marriott Hotel, Mr. Joseph Faluyi, President and CEO of Winsun 3D Builders Africa, will further elaborate on “The Relevance Of 3D In Construction”. For more details check out the World 3D Print Summit & Expo agenda and website.

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Check out all the highlights of the 2019 3D Printing Global Press Conference held in Shanghai on July 28, 2019, with the title:‘DREAM·REALIZATION – the world’s largest 3D printed architectural applications and future cities’.

WINSUN, the world’s first high-tech enterprise to realize 3D printing architecture, presented in their newly 3D printed R&D center in Shanghai, the latest developments to selective audienc eof governments, partners and friends from all around the world, what the projects and plans are for 2020. The event took place in their first out of seven R&D center buildings, which will be the largest 3D printed structures in the world.

This press conference is a must see for those who are folloing the latest news on 3D construction printing and green building technologies.

Check out the video below to view all highlights from the press conference: ‘DREAM·REALIZATION – the world’s largest 3D printed architectural applications and future cities’.

Amongst others, in this video, also the alliance with 3D Builders Africa (Nigeria) is briefly mentioned. The project helps to solve the current housing deficit in Nigeria and other countries in Africa, by starting 3D printing projects to print affordable homes.

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WinSun, which is also known as Yingchuang Building Techniques (Shanghai), holds about 225 patents relating to 3D materials and manufacture. It attracted attention in 2014 when it printed 10 full-sized houses in Shanghai Qingpu Science Park and is by many experts considered to be the first company that printed a house.

3D Builders Africa, a construction company that leverages advanced technologies to automate the process of construction while reducing the cost focussing on affordable social housing units.

The partnership is part of the many relationships that the two companies have in bilateral project execution and exchange partnerships.

 “Winsun is looking forward to another fruitful relationship with 3D Builders Africa which allows us to learn from one another”, said Mr. Ma, Chairman of Winsun.

Eniola Joseph Faluyi, the President and CEO of 3D Builders Africa, commented: “We truly rely on 3D construction printing to enable us build more affordable housing. There are several people around the world that cannot afford a home because they are low income earners. For me, passion is to see these people own their own homes.”

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What Are Pro’s And Con’s Of 3D Construction Printing?

SHANGHAI – In many industries Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is creating breakthroughs. Take for example the medical field, where developments are known of the creation of 3D printed organs which will save countless of lives.

When this technology was first time applied in the construction field, many benefits were found, such as increased speed of building, reduction of cost, environmental benefits and significant saving of materials. 3D construction printing was born. When we are talking about 3D construction printing, a method in which construction materials are joined or solidified under computer control to create a 3D objects, we commonly speak about “Concrete printers” that are printing concrete buildings. This development is currently known for a few years and it holds many promises for the near future. The first walls were printed in China in 2008 and in 2014 the first 3D printed residential housing project was installed.

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Pro’s:

3D Printing has the following benefits:

  • Saves time: 3D printing increases the speed of construction significantly. Printing houses is much faster than building them the conventional way. A concrete printer can reach speed up to 150-200 m2 wallsurface in 24 hours. Which allows you to print a small or medium size bungalow in a day. Also there is no waiting time for specific schaffolding or formworks or molds.
    Freedom of Design and Patterns: the possiblities with 3D Construction printing are endless. Printers can produce complex geometry that alternative machinery or injection molding may struggle with or simply are not be able to make it. For example, it has the ability to develop architecture that is non-rectilinear in shape.
  • Saves materials: 3D printing allows for significant material savings in comparison with conventional way of construction, because of:
    • the quantity that you estimate is the quantity that you will need to print, there is no need to buy extra stock to ensure you have enough materials to finish the project;
    • eliminates rework due to human errors in construction, thereby increasing the accuracy, quality, and reliability of the building structure;
    • upcoming trend is that you can put in recycled materials, which are cheaper (or free);
    • the strenght of printing a partly hollow wall in a certain pattern (ie woven, zig zag, H structure) enables you to print walls that are stronger (better Concrete compressive strength) than solid concrete walls, with less material usage;
    • by printing a simplified design, you may be able to replace and assembly 2 or more components with just a single 3D printed component.
  • Better insulation possilibities: the newly 3D printed houses have enough space for insulation materials. By improving the insulation, the buildings have good ability to resist heat flow. This energy efficiency feature will also provide more comfort and additional value to homes and buildings. There is also the option to place electrical or communication systems into the wall structures.
  • Printing on Demand: the technology allows you to manage your projects according Just-In-Time principle, by printing customized designs and proof of concepts according to your demand. It prevents you from keeping Inventory which can take up a lot of space, especially if you’re not using the part as often as intended. It often allows you for last-minute changes as well.
  • Low envionmental impact: when you are printing on a site, it means that you have a dustfree constuction environment, which has a much better working environment and has a lower environmental impact than the conventional way of construction has. It eliminates wastage and helps to reduce cost to clearing the site of debris from waste after construction.
    Saves heavy labour: Reduces the number of heavy labour workmen needed during construction, such as service personnel and heavy labour costs. This is reducing the number of FTE needed for basic construction works. However, alternative jobs are created and the speed of construction allows for more work in the same time for those that need to design, install electric and draining system, decorate the house, etc. The speeds allows for more and new jobs. This also reduces the number of risks and accidents and hospitalization in heavy construction work.
  • Cost reduction: Due to all these advantages in terms of saving materials, logistics and labor, the cost of construction is reduced significantly. This will impact the construction costs and the final sales price of houses or buildings in the near future.
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Con’s:

Despite the large number of advantages, this new technology also comes with it’s fair share of challenges:

  • Standardization of Construction: Winsun (Yingchuang Building Techniques Shanghai is currently developing international and local construction standards (see: Standardization of 3D print materials (Ink) and 3D Print product standards) for 3D construction printed items, together with the Chinese Shanghai Academy of Building Research (SRIBS). This development is important to make sure the 3D printed structures are reliable, safe, and durable.
  • Investment: the initial investment of 3D Concrete printers is currently at a level that it requires capital and a decent construction project to start. Therefore it’s mainly possible for the medium and larger building companies to aquire one. The trend is that prices for concrete printers will go down in the future as the technology and the market evolves.
    Copyright Issues: As 3D printing is very popular, it will enable people to build designs without paying the royalties the the original designers. The difference between real and fake 3D printed furniture or art object won’t be visible.
  • Limitations to print materials (Ink): however most suitable materials, such as concrete and other earthen materials to build a concrete structure, are capable to put into the printer, there are still limitations on the materials that can be put in. There are still materials that 3D Construction printers are not yet versatile enough for to work with.

This sums up most of the known pros and cons of 3D Construction Printing. Much of Research & Development was done from the very first moment the first walls were printed, and since than this invention continues to grow and develop. If you see opportunities to implement this technology than we recommend to contact us and discuss it for your construction project.

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