3D printed concrete is moving closer to becoming a commercial reality with a recent agreement between global construction company Skanska and the UK's Loughborough University. According to a press release from Skanska:

The aim of the initial 18-month development programme is to develop the world’s first commercial concrete printing robot. Working with Skanska are a number of influential collaborators including Foster + Partners, Buchan Concrete, ABB and Lafarge Tarmac. As a result of this programme, Skanska aims to explore opportunities opened up by the new technology and help develop a 3D printing supply chain.

The agreement puts Skanska in a good position to capitalise on an emerging technology with the potential to revolutionise the design and construction process.

In an analysis of the agreement, Architect magazine noted:

Skanska's collaboration is one of several partnerships vying to create a commercial 3D printing robot of any variety—technology companies like Geoweaver and M-Blocks are working with universities around the country to develop machines that are changing the ways we design and build.

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