Sika wins innovation award for 3D concrete printer

Specialty chemicals company Sika won a special prize at the INTERMAT Innovation Awards in Paris for its 3D concrete printing technology. The process promises to revolutionize the construction industry.

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The 3D printing technology developed by Sika makes it possible to print futuristic structures up to a height of 10 metres with a print speed of just 1 metre per second. The structures are printed directly from digital plans, and the customized concrete elements can be created in various forms and designs with maximum precision.

At the heart of the 3D printing process features a patented print extruder head that finishes the mortar through the addition of various admixtures. The material solidifies within seconds and binds with the previous layer.

Sika has now won the special “World of Concrete Europe” prize for its 3D printing technology at the INTERMAT Innovation Awards in Paris. According to a statement, the jury was “won over by Sika’s ability to innovative and accommodate market expectations in terms of cost-effectiveness, design, operation, use, speed, security and environmental flexibility.”

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